Klamathon Fire reaches 38,008 acres for now, containment rises to 95%
[Update Monday Evening, July 16, 2018]
The Klamathon Fire has now burned 38,008 acres and is 95 percent contained.
[Update Saturday Morning, July, 14, 2018]
The Klamathon Fire has now burned 37,900 acres and containment is at 90 percent.
[Update Friday Morning July, 13, 2018]
The Klamathon Fire is still at 36,500 acres burned but containment has gone up to 80 percent.
[Update Thursday Morning July, 12, 2018]
The Klamathon Fire is still at 36,500 acres burned but containment has gone up to 70 percent.
The following area in Jackson County will reduce to a level two evacuation notice:
- The area east of Interstate 5, covering Bureau of Land Management lands and private properties west of the Jackson-Klamath County line, north of the Oregon-California border, and south of a line that extends from the intersection of I-5 and the Mount Ashland Ski Road due east to the Jackson-Klamath County line.
- The following areas in Jackson County will reduce to a level one evacuation notice:
- The area east of Interstate 5, covering Bureau of Land Management lands and private properties west of the Jackson-Klamath County line, north of the line that extends from the intersection of I-5 and the Mount Ashland Ski Road due east to the Jackson-Klamath County line, north to Highway 66.
[Update Wednesday Evening July, 11, 2018]
The Klamathon Fire is still at 36,500 acres burned but containment has gone up to 65 percent.
[Update Wednesday Morning July, 11, 2018]
The Klamathon fire has stalled for now at 36,500 acres and containment has risen to 60%.
The fire continues to burn in the Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife area, the Soda Mountain Wilderness, and Klamath National Forest.
The Colestin Valley including Colestin Road and all its tributaries from the Oregon-California border to the Mount Ashland Ski Road have been reduced to a level one evacuation notice. Also reduced to a level one evacuation notice is Old Highway 99 from the Oregon-California border to the Mount Ashland Ski Road.
[Update Monday Morning July, 10, 2018]
The Klamathon Fire has now burned 36,500 acres and is 45 percent contained. 82 structures have been destroyed.
[Update Monday Evening July, 9, 2018]
The Klamathon Fire has now burned 36,500 acres and is 40 percent contained. 34 single occupancy homes and 43 outbuildings have been destroyed.
During a community meeting in Yreka, Calif., the Unified Commanders, who are putting on the meeting say, some residents will be able to return to their homes. Ager and Ager Beswick Road will be entry points.
Copco Road is still off limits.
[Update Monday Morning, July 9,2018]
The Klamathon Fire is now affecting a small portion of Klamath County residential homes. Five homes are under a Level I evacuation. Residents are being notified.
The Klamath County Sheriff's Office Emergency Management is monitoring the fire and it's potential effects on Klamath County.
The Sheriff's Office says a Forest Patrol deputy has been assigned to evaluate the area throughout the next couple of days.
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The Sheriff's Office says Search and Rescue is ready to help if needed
[Update: Monday Morning, July 9, 2018]
The Klamathon fire has spread to 35,250 acres and is 30% contained.
810 structures have been threatened, 81 destroyed, and 12 damaged.
Colestin and Irongate Reservoir
Klamath River Community Estates: east of Black Mountain to Desavado Road, south of Copco Road and Ager Beswick Road
East Iron Gate Reservoir Estates: Areas south of Iron Gate Reservoir/Copco Road, north of Ager/Beswick Road, west of Desavato Road and east of Snackenbury Creek
Copco Lake Area: Areas east of Jenny/Fall Creek, south of the Oregon State Line, north of Copco Road and west of Topsey Grade.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
[Update: Sunday Morning, Jul. 8, 2018]
The Klamathon Fire has spread to 30,500 acres and is 25% contained, according to Cal Fire.
3 firefighters have been injured.
The Klamathon Fire originating in Siskiyou County has spread to 22,000 acres and is 20% contained, according to Cal Fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Cal Fire said the fire crossed the Oregon border at one point, but winds have since pushed the flames southeast back into California.
As inaccessible terrain and winds continue to be a challenge for crews, other conditions could start to work in their favor.
"One of the good things we've had over the last 12 hours is the humidity recovery at night has gone up," said Jeff LaRusso, Public Information Officer with Cal Fire. "So when the humidity goes up, the fire burns less intently. That gives us the opportunity to get in there and make some really good headway."
Approximately 810 structures are threatened in the communities of Hornbrook, Hilt, Colestin and Irongate Reservoir, and approximately 750 people have been evacuated.
72 structures have been destroyed.
Officials continue the carry out a damage inspection. The inspection, which is only 60 percent complete, revealed 31 homes, 1 multi-family unit, 3 non-commercial buildings and 37 out-buildings have been impacted.
Cal Fire says the southeast side of the fire, near the Irongate Reservoir, is their greatest concern at this time.
"That's where our most significant fire activity of the day happened," said Mark Brown, a member of Cal Fire's Incident management Team. "Most of that fire was pushing to the south, and actually a little bit to the west. And the way that fire was moving, that's where it caused us to evacuate KRC and other areas south of Copco Road and south of the Klamath River."
There are 2,400 firefighters working the Klamathon Fire, and 87 members of the California National Guard have been brought in to assist law enforcement.
Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey said looting continues to be a concern in evacuated areas. He said one suspect has been put under arrest.
The addition of National Guard members will allow law enforcement to increase patrols in affected areas.
Latest information reveals that two firefighters have been injured.
One firefighter, Brandon Feller, sustained severe burn injuries while actively fighting the fire on July 5th, according to a GoFundMe account that's been set up to support his recovery.
The account said Feller's fire engine was burned over, and he was flown to U.C. Davis ICU Burn Center. Cal Fire said Feller's injuries are non-life threatening and he is in "high spirits."
Evacuation orders are in place for the communities of:
- Irongate Reservoir
- Iron Gate Estates
- East of railroad tracks to Iron Gate Reservoir and from
- The California state line south to Copco Road.
Evacuation Warnings are in place for areas:
- East of the Yreka Western Railroad to Iron Gate Reservoir
- South to Copco/Ager and North to the CA/OR State line
- Klamath River Estates
- East of Black Mountain to Desavado Road
- South of Copco Road to Ager - Beswick Road