Current situation

Smoke from wildfires in British Columbia and Washington continue to affect air quality in much of northern Oregon today. Meanwhile, smoke from multiple wildfires again hovers over southwest Oregon. Mostly dry thunderstorms are predicted through Friday in southern and eastern Oregon, which could result in lightning-sparked fires.


Many ODF districts and forest protective associations are in high or extreme fire danger with tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Naylox Fire burns in Klamath County


Left: Smoke rises from the Naylox Fire 10 miles north of Klamath Falls.
 
 
 
 
 

The Naylox Fire, which started the afternoon of August 29, is estimated at 400 acres and 5% containment has been achieved. The fire is burning along the hillside above Hagelstein Park, which is 10 miles north of Klamath Falls. The fire originated near some hay barns at the intersection of Algoma Road and Highway 97 North. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. A unified command team led by Klamath County Fire District 1 (KCFD1) and the Oregon Department of Forestry is managing this fire.

The fire thus far has moved predominately eastward above Hagelstein Park. Variable winds, low humidity and increasing temperatures will combine today and the rest of this week to increase fire activity. Crews working last night completed dozer containment lines along the eastern edge of the fire. Crews today, comprised of 40 personnel from KCFD1, Oregon Department of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service Fremont-Winema, KCFD4, Chiloquin Fire, and Kingsley Fire, will continue working on dozer lines to the south, west, and north of the fire. These crews will also begin constructing contingency containment lines. Industrial operators have also been helping with equipment and personnel.
 
Where feasible, and if visibility permits, water and retardant dropped by aerial resources will be used today, mostly on the northern flank of the fire.

Algoma Road has been closed between Old Fort Road and Highway 97 North. Along with this closure, five residences and the campground at Hagelstein Park were put in Level 3, Go, evacuation status, and one residence has been put in Level 2, Get Set status. Additionally, the Forest Service 9718 Road has been closed to allow firefighters safe access to their operations.

Residents countywide who live in and near the wildland-urban interface are encouraged to review evacuation levels and associated actions on the Ready, Set, Go Wildfire Evacuation flyer. Klamath County Emergency Management would also like to remind the public that an emergency alert system is available. Directions for signing up for the notifications are available on the evacuation flyer, or you can call Klamath County Emergency Management at 541-851-3741.

Travelers along Highway 97 North are asked to be vigilant in watching for emergency vehicle traffic and to reduce speeds as necessary. A temporary command post has been established at Hagelstein Park on Algoma Road.

Jade Creek Fire
A separate fire also began on Tuesday afternoon in the Klamath-Lake District, this one near some haybarns about 13 miles northeast of the town of Bly. The fire was reported burning in sage, grass, juniper trees and timber. At latest report it was an estimated 120 acres in size.

Facebook users can follow South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership for all the latest wildfire information in Klamath and Lake Counties. https://www.facebook.com/SCOFMPFIREINFO/

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