The Fires: What You Need to Know for Sunday

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Updates added August 3, 2014 at 9:30 am PT

Klamath Falls, Ore.– There is a lot of information floating around on Social Media. Here is a rundown of what we have been able to confirm through official sources as of early Sunday morning:

Evacuations:
The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Level 3 Evacuation Order for the Klamath River Canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border. This includes Topsy Grade Road and Picard Road in Oregon. The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Level 3 Evacuation Order for the area from Copco Dam north, to the state line on the Klamath River. A Level 3 Evacuation Order issued by Jackson County remains in effect for Copco Road. A Level 1 Evacuation is in place for Highway 66 between the 11,000 and 12,000 blocks on the Ashland side.

Keno is not under an evacuation order as of this writing. Follow Klamath County Emergency Management on Facebook for updates. 

Fire Stats as of 10:00 PM Saturday:
 Oregon Gulch Fire: 31, 918 acres total (4645 of those acres are on the California side) and 10% containment. (Note: The Oregon Gulch Fire is considered a complex, so you may see that the Beaver Complex fire is 32,064 acres, but that’s combining the Oregon Gulch and Salt Creek Fires.) (Another note: A fire can be partly contained and continue to grow. Containment simply indicates the portion of the fire line that is under control. It can get out of control, the wind could shift and fire could jump the lines)

Pumice Complex Updated 7:00am: 28.5 acres, 75% contained. This is a complex of 18 small fires, and one 22-acre fire in the Crater Lake National Park. The entire radius of the fire complex is 35 miles. Incident commanders report that one person has been injured in the blaze.

Closures:
Highway 97
- a portion of Highway 97 is closed south of Klamath Falls, starting at mile marker 288. ODOT and Cal Trans have a detour in place. You can see the detour at www.tripcheck.com.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is temporarily closing certain areas in the Lakeview District. Vehicle operation, river and foot traffic will be prohibited from August 2, 2014 until further notice. The special restrictions and prohibitions are established on lands known as Upper Klamath River Area of Critical of Environmental Concern (ACEC). This closure is necessary to ensure firefighter and public safety while operations are occurring on the Oregon Gulch Fire. BLM will post closure signs at main entry points to this area. You may obtain maps of the closure area and information from the BLM Klamath Falls Resource Area office.

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed from Carter Meadows north to Etna Summit (more information at http://www.pcta.org/).

Shackelford Road 43N21 is closed from mm1 to the Shackelford Trailhead.

Shackelford Trail, Forest Trail 5542 is closed from the trailhead to the junction of Black Meadows Trail, Forest Trail 5549.  You can read the closure orders at the Klamath National Forest website http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices.

For Updates:
You can find updates at the following places:

Twitter – www.twitter.com/swofire/ 
Southwest Oregon District Blog – http://www.swofire.com/ 
DEQ – http://www.deq.state.or.us/AQ/burning/wildfires/index.htm 
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office – https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff 
Inciweb – http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/ 
NWCC – http://www.nwccweb.us/information/firemap.aspx 
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go – http://www.readyforwildfire.org/

 


  • Kris Gray

    Thank you sincerely for the accurate writing of this reporter and for specifically stating where all evacuations are located, on what side of the mountain they contain too and for having the ability to report and write concisely. It was extremely frustrating living in Keno yesterday and hearing those numbers 11,000-22000 knowing that they ended at Kern Swamp road there or about. and not have verification on what side of the mountain they entailed. Keep up the good work.. Kris Gray




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