The North Pelican fire has grown in size but also in containment. The Fire is now at 1525 acres and 18 percent contained. A Community Meeting will be held Saturday morning at 10:00 A.M. at the Rocky Point Rural Fire Department in Klamath Falls.
Due to more accurate mapping, the North Pelican Fire is now 1525 acres, with 18% containment. More than 160 firefighters and supporting overhead are currently assigned to the fire.
Rainfall two nights ago and slightly cooler/more moist conditions have decreased fire activity. However, a warming and drying trend is predicted with temperatures to be in the mid to upper 80s by the weekend. Light, west winds are expected to continue.
Today, firefighters will continue completion of contingency lines, and make more progress with direct attack on the fire edge as conditions permit. Mop-up efforts will further secure the containment lines and reduce the potential for the fire to spread. Hazard or snag trees are proving to be another primary safety consideration on this fire and last night’s winds and rain may have further weakened these trees.
The Fremont-Winema National Forest has implemented an Area Closure. This Order closes portions of the forest around the incident to all vehicle and pedestrian entry. This includes the Cold Springs Trailhead and the 3709 and 3710 Trails. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) itself is unaffected by this closure, but access to and from the PCT is limited in the area. The 3651 Road is closed at the Road 3659 junction about 1.75 miles south of Cold Springs Trailhead. Pelican Butte Road remains closed. The Westside Road is completely open and unaffected by the closure order as it is not a Forest Service road. However, all forest lands adjacent to the road are closed.
The perimeter of the Area Closure includes all Forest Lands west of Westside Road, east of Pelican Butte Road, north of the 3554 Road, and south of 3519 Road.
If traveling on Westside Road or through the Rocky Point area, please be vigilant and drive with caution as emergency traffic vehicles are in the area. When smoke is visible, motorists are encouraged to drive with their headlights on. Please use extreme caution when driving near firefighters and equipment.
An online option for viewing the fire area is https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/publicmaps/keno/map.html. Air quality advisories are available at www.klamathair.org.