Harriette Fire starts over the weekend in Klamath County

A helicopter dips for water in Lake Harriette as the five-acre fire burns in the background. (Courtesy South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership)

UPDATE (Tuesday, July 30th at 11:30 a.m.)

The Harriette Fire in the Mountain Lakes Wilderness is currently 8.4 acres, according to the Fremont-Winema National Forest Service. As of Tuesday morning, all lines on the fire in Klamath County have been held. Today crews plan to continue their efforts to suppress the fire.

Fire personnel has also requested helicopters for bucket work. There are currently eight rappellers and two Type 2 hand crews working on the Harriette Fire.

The trails in the Sky Lake Wilderness remain open.

ORIGINAL (Monday, July 29th)

Crews are continuing to work in rough terrain on a five-acre fire that started over the weekend in Klamath County. Two helicopters worked on the fire by dipping into nearby lakes on Monday.

Named the Harriette Fire, it is located in the Mountain Lakes Wilderness area near Harriette Lake. A commercial plane first called in the fire Sunday afternoon, according to the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership. The smoke from the fire is visible from Highway 140.

The Forest Service is currently working with the Oregon Department of Forestry to knock down the fire. ODF had a helicopter dropping buckets of water on the fire yesterday. A Siskiyou rappel crew of eight firefighters has also been brought in due to the rough terrain.

Hand crews are hiking to the shore of Lake Harriette to fight the fire as of Monday morning, and two helicopters have been ordered to assist from above.

The cause is unknown at this time.

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