The Ward Fire started early afternoon August 9th, 2019 when a lightning storm came through the area. The fire instantly started running and spotting, aided by topography and winds. Crews from ODF and BLM along with Green Diamond timber company rapidly responded.
The fire has burned 1329 acres and is 17% contained. As of this evening dozer-constructed firelines have been completed directly along the burning perimeter on the west, north, and east flanks of the fire. Crews will begin mopping up and securing these areas, while patrolling for spot fires.
Last night and this morning the fire received approximately 1/2 inch of rain which greatly moderated fire behavior. We expect mostly cloudy conditions tonight with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Thunderstorm activity should diminish overnight. With warmer and dryer weather returning Sunday hot spots burning inside the fire have the potential to increase fire behavior. A dry front is possible at mid-week with slight cooling and stronger afternoon breezes.
Safety considerations for this fire include snags, rattle snakes, and power lines. Narrow, wet roads are hazardous for the public and fire traffic.
Cooperators assisting partner agencies ODF, Klamath Falls Resource Area Lakeview District BLM, Green Diamond Resource Company and the Klamath County Fire Chief.
Oregon Department of Forestry IMT 2 Chris Cline, Incident Commander