Yesterday afternoon at approximately 1:25pm a brush fire was reported in the area of Hill Road and Chalet Drive. The initial report indicated that there was a structure threatened and that the fire was advancing up the hill side. The total response included 2 engines, 4 brush trucks, 2 water tenders and several staff vehicles. Klamath County Fire District No. 1 responded along with Merrill Rural Fire Protection District, Kingsley Field Fire Department, Oregon Department of Forestry and Klamath County Sheriff’s Office assisting.
The fire was controlled by 5:30pm and covered approximately 15-20 acres. Oregon Department of Forestry will be monitoring the fire throughout the day today.
The fire was determined to have started from a small controlled burn which a resident had been using to clean up leaves and yard debris.
This incident serves to remind us all, that although it is January, wildfires can happen throughout the year if conditions are right. During the winter months the grasses and foliage are dry and dormant and can pose a risk of fire. Please make sure you follow all burn rules and keep all fires attended. Always have a means to extinguish the fire readily available.