Investigators from ODF, KCFD1, and BLM look for clues regarding the fire’s cause at a point of origin off Lower Klamath Lake Road
UPDATE: As of 4pm, the Klamath Hills Fire is still estimated at 75 acres. Although the heat is a concern for firefighter safety, ground crews, with support from air resources, are making good progress with containment, which has increased to 20%. Firefighters will conduct burnout operations in rocky terrain on the southern flank this afternoon to help strengthen and hold containment lines.
Responders will be actively working the fire for the rest of the day and into the evening. They are also still investigating the cause of the fire. Additional fire starts were reported late this morning along Tingley Lane, but were quickly suppressed; it is unclear if they are related. Lower Klamath Lake Road remains closed for responder use only; no other closures or evacuations are necessary at this time.
Responding agencies to the Klamath Hills Fire include Oregon Department of Forestry, Klamath County Fire District 1, Fremont-Winema National Forest, BLM Lakeview District/Klamath Falls Resource Area, Kingsley Field Fire, Klamath County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Management, Merrill Police Department, and Oregon State Police.