Crews from across Oregon battle Klamathon Fire

"It's all one big team working the fire," said Joe Touchstone, with ODF.

Posted: Jul. 11, 2018 11:24 AM

ASHLAND, Ore. -- With the Klamathon Fire burning on both sides of the border, agencies in California and Oregon have been working together closely since the start.

The Oregon Department of Forestry and Cal Fire's main focus on Tuesday was the northern edge of the fire, burning about a mile into Oregon. It's all wilderness area and it's hard to get to.

"It's not like it's two fires where there's a Oregon and California side, it's all one big team working the fire," said Joe Touchstone, with ODF.

It's burning about five miles from Callahan's Lodge in Ashland: "We've had a lot of fire season, but nothing this close," said Tim Self, the General Manager at Callahan's.  

Self said although he's breathing a small sigh of relief with the evacuation level being reduced to Level 2, he said they're not out of the woods yet.

"Feel a little bit relieved. We'll feel more relieved with the fire it done," said Self. "They've down graded us, but that doesn't mean we're out of danger. There's a strong front on the north side coming in." 

Touchstone said a lot of the work they're doing on the Klamathon Fire is on the Oregon side it, but said they do cross borders. In this case, Cal Fire is moving into Oregon's side of the fire to help.

The northern edge is also the least contained part of the entire wildfire. Touchstone said helicopters have been playing a key role in helping to contain the fire and Self said he's been watching them fly by very closely.

"The firefighters have been doing a great job, they truly have," said Self. 

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