Fires around the Basin almost assure continued smoky skies



KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Smoke continued to fill the sky Tuesday morning despite one of the state’s largest fires – the Barry Point Fire in Lake County – sitting nearly 100 percent contained.

Instead, Oregon Department of Forestry dispatch coordinator Jake Barnett told NBC-2 that the smoke is from Northern California, where a pre-evacuation notice for residents of Seiad Valley was issued on Sunday night because of a potential threat of the Goff Fire. Barnett warns with fires burning all around the Basin, wind changes may just bring different smoke.

In Merrill, Lost River football practice was moved indoors Monday because of the unhealthy conditions the smoke poses.

The Department of Environmental Quality advises those with compromised respiratory systems, children and the elderly are advised to stay indoors.