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Klamathon Fire may increase size more unpredictably with higher winds expected

A map of the Klamathon Fire provided by the National Weather Service in Medford. (Courtesy: NWS Medford)

Monday morning, Cal Fire crews announced the Klamathon Fire had grown to over 35,000 acres and was 30% contained, a 5000 acre and 5% increase from Sunday, July 8th.

Most of the containment increase occurred around Hornbrook, Calif. Crews are expecting higher winds Monday afternoon and lower humidity, the exact opposite of what they saw Sunday night into Monday morning.

“What that’s going to do is increase the chance that the fire could spot," Gabriel Lauderdale, one of the public information officers for Cal Fire, said. "Also we’ll see an increase in that sort of unpredictable fire activity that we saw this fire grow under.”

With those winds, crews are expecting the fire to expand north further into Jackson County. Lauderdale noted the winds were blowing northeasterly in the beginning of the day, but could begin to blow northwesterly as the heat lingers on through the afternoon.

Bulldozer lines were also created on the west side of the fire some distance away from the actual fire line because of the steep terrain. Crews wanted to try and catch the fire and prevent it from escaping and blowing north into Mt. Ashland, according to Bill Murphy, another Cal Fire PIO.

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