KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The area of the Spence Fire in Klamath County has been more accurately calculated to be 78 acres with approximately 60% containment as of Friday morning, July 17.  ODF and other agency crews worked through the night to ensure containment lines were secure and continued mop up.

Today the fire will be staffed with the same personnel as yesterday with the intent to reinforce lines, fall hazard trees, and continue mop up within 300 feet of the containment line. This fire will continue to be visible from the highway for the next few days.

Due to ongoing fire operations at the Spence Fire in the area of Highway 140 Northwest of Running Y, the Spence Mountain Trailhead System as well as the Howard Bay Boat Launch are closed to public use.  In addition, watercraft are urged to avoid the waters of Howard Bay so as to not interfere with aircraft supporting fire operations.

With hot and dry weather in the forecast, both Klamath and Lake counties are asking the public to help prevent wildfires by following all restrictions on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Klamath-Lake District. This affects all private, county and state forestlands.