SCOFMP fire crews are currently working on the Marsh Fire located approximately 20 miles northeast of Chiloquin, Or. on the Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. The lightning caused fire is currently burning across the top of the water within the marsh in the tules and cattails, and is estimated at 120 acres.
Fire managers have ordered a UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) to help monitor fire activity and accurately map the fire. According to Jeb Koons, the Fire Management Officer for the Klamath Basin NWRC “We’re using a point source protection strategy to contain the fire due to it’s location. Crews will be utilizing the green meadow grasses to the east and west of the fire, and also the Silver Lake Hwy to the north of the fire as containment lines. The anticipated precipitation tomorrow will help with our suppression efforts”.
The Klamath County Sheriffs, and the Klamath County Road Dept have been notified of impacts to traffic on the Silver Lake Hwy. Expect delays of 20-30 minutes. As always firefighter safety is of the utmost importance so consider alternate routes if possible.