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Highway closed due to wildfire in the Klamath Falls city limits

Photo of the fire in Klamath Falls (Courtesy of Michael Garrard)

[Update 7/11 11:11]

Fire officials say the Link Trail fire is 100 percent contained and has burned a total of 30 acres. The fire was between the Link River and Highway 97.

Crews from Klamath County Fire District 1 and Oregon Department of Forestry are in the process of mopping up the area and will continue to do so for the next 72 hours.

Officials say there were no evacuation orders set and no injuries and structural damages. The fire danger in the local region is at a High and fire officials are asking everyone to be careful.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

[Update 7/10 5:46 p.m]

All lanes on Highway 97 at milepost 274 in Klamath Falls are now open.

Officials say the fire is 10 percent contained and early estimates of the fire have been reduced to about 10 acres burned.

All aerial help has been released and ground units are working on containment and mop up.

[Update 7/10 5:26 p.m]

The Link Trail Fire has burned 25 acres and is zero percent contained.

Officials say there are eight firefighting engines, one heavy air tanker, one single Engine Air Tanker, two helicopters with water buckets, two support aircraft and a bulldozer responding to the fire.

Oregon Department of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, The Klamath County Fire Department along with other agencies are working on the fire.

Fire managers are using a full suppression strategy to contain the fire. Officials say structures and community safety are at risk and there are no injuries or damage to the structures at this time.

Officials are asking residents and visitors to be aware of their surroundings and to watch for traffic from increased fire personnel and smoke in the area.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

[Update 7/10 4:48 p.m]

Highway 97 northbound at milepost 274 is now open. Drivers are being escorted in alternating directions by pilot cars.

[Original Story]

Crews are working on a wildfire on the east side of the Link River, just south of the Link River Dam.

Officials say the fire is at 30 acres and growing. Multiple local, state and federal agencies are helping put out the fire, including a helicopter and air tankers.

Oregon Department of Transportation says US 97 at milepost 274 is closed. ODOT advises travelers to avoid the area and make other travel plans.

Officials say there are no evacuations at this time. If that changes, residents will be notified by local law enforcement.

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