LAKEVIEW, Ore. - A second day of aerial and ground attack is underway on the Crane Fire today. The fire is now reported at 570 acres and is 5 percent contained.
ODF firefighters from the Klamath-Lake district are battling the fire alongside engines from the Central Oregon, Northeast Oregon, Northwest Oregon, North Cascade and West Oregon districts, and the Douglas Forest Protective Association.
The engines and water tenders, hand crews and dozers have been working in an area of sagebrush, juniper trees and pine. Suppression efforts are more difficult because of poor road access and steep terrain.
To overcome the limitations of terrain, ODF has employed air resources on the fire, including four helicopters, four single-engine air tankers and one large air tanker.
A Type 3 team made up of local resources and ODF personnel from across the state is managing the fire.
ODF was joined in the initial attack on the fire Monday by U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and rural fire districts. Several rural fire districts provided structure protection early on in the fire, including:
- Lakeview Rural Fire District
- New Pine Creek Rural Fire District
- Silver Lake Rural Fire District
- Thomas Creek West Side Rural Fire District
Thunderstorms are possible in southern Lake County this afternoon and evening, bringing gusty and erratic winds and lightning.