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 responded rapidly.

At  fire has had minimal growth since yesterday due to the moist and cool conditions and effective dozer lines built directly against the burning perimeter on the northern flank of the fire. Last night, firefighters worked to mop up 30 feet in on the fireline in the northwest flank of the fire. Crews also worked to install hose lays along the completed dozer line on the northeast portion.

The plan for today is the continue to secure, improve, and hold constructed fireline along the northern areas of the fire. The southern flank of the fire has burned up the rocky and steep ridge overlooking the Klamath River. Fire managers are scouting and looking for opportunities to hold and secure this southern perimeter. Firefighters continue to patrol for and extinguish spot fires in heavy fuels in the forested area of the fire.

The forecast calls for warmer and dryer conditions today and a return to normal temperatures in the coming week, with gusty winds possible over the fire on Tuesday.

Safety considerations will continue to be snags, rattlesnakes, power lines, and rolling debris on the steep slopes on the southern edge of the fire.

Cooperators assisting partner agencies ODF and BLM include Green Diamond Resource Company and the Klamath County Fire Chief.

Oregon Department of Forestry IMT 2 Chris Cline, Incident Commander