Lumgrey Fire warnings, closures affect residents

Crews have been working hard to suppress the Lumgrey Fire on Monday night to all day Tuesday, as the 230-acre wildfire spread across Siskiyou County. (Courtesy: USFS Klamath National Forest)

Crews have been working hard to suppress the Lumgrey Fire on Monday night to all day Tuesday, as the 230-acre wildfire spread across Siskiyou County.

"If you look at fires from last year for example, the Carr, the Delta, the Camp Fire, wind-driven fires, that's what we experienced with the ignition of this one yesterday," Joshua Veal from Klamath National Forest said.

Yreka resident Greg Allen said the Lumgrey Fire came close to reaching a few of his neighbors.

"I believe it came all the way down to HWY 96 from the creek right there, probably burnt across their property and jumped the river there," Allen said.

With residents living with in reach of fire, evacuations warnings were in place Monday night, but were lifted Tuesday morning. Veal said there were about six to 12 residents who could have been directly impacted by the fire.

"The area is sparsely populated," Veal said. "It doesn't matter if it's one house or if it's a thousand houses, we're still going to protect their life and property."

Allen said residents in the area are no strangers to wildfires, with the last major fire he remembers happening about five years ago.

'It was about August of 2014, and there were embers like one-inch long coming over a big rock mountain," Allen said.

When it comes to containing the fire, Veal said crews will continue to work throughout the night.

"Our biggest priorities for firefighters is to continue constructing the hand line, securing what they have and continuing to build new line," Veal said. "They'll be supported by aircraft in this endeavor."


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