A 20-person contract crew from Eugene, Oregon, working the Klondike Fire on Aug. 9, 2018, builds a fire line from Illinois River Road toward the river itself.

A 20-person contract crew from Eugene, Oregon, working the Klondike Fire on Aug. 9, 2018, builds a fire line from Illinois River Road toward the river itself.

Kathy Russell/Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest via Inciweb

With the Taylor Creek and Klondike fires merged at nearly 120,000 acres — and still growing — many southwestern Oregonians fear the blaze is poised to enter the record books alongside the 2002 Biscuit Fire and last year’s Chetco Bar Fire.

In an effort to quell that possibility, fire managers brought in reinforcements from California Saturday with the goal of full suppression.

Because of the fire’s size and complex challenges, operations have been split between two teams: Taylor Creek Klondike East based near Selma, and Taylor Creek Klondike West, now headquartered at the Curry County Fairgrounds in Gold Beach.

California’s Interagency Incident Management Team 4 took over operations on the entire west-facing flank of the fire complex Saturday. This team possesses experience with steep terrain and dry fuel types and plans to go into “full suppression mode” to protect coastal residents.

Read the whole story at the Mail Tribune.