The Spence Fire that burned just over 83 acres approximately 13 miles northwest of Klamath Falls is now 100% contained and in patrol status. The fire burned in areas difficult to access and in vegetation with heavy growth. The fire, which was human caused, started in late afternoon on July 15.
A consistent hot and dry northwest wind, mixed with a lake effect variable breeze, challenged initial attack efforts early with spotting. ODF assigned a single-engine airtanker and three helicopters along with ground equipment (dozers, skidgens, water-tenders, engines, and hand crews) to the blaze during initial attack.
The incident peaked at 150 personnel with help from the USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Klamath County Fire District 1, Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, Klamath County Emergency Services, ODOT, Oregon State Police, and a few private contractors and crews.
“The crews under Incident Commander Jason Pettigrew did an extraordinary job in putting this fire basically out in a 72-hour time frame and to keep the initial footprint where it was at,” Stated Randall Baley, Protection Unit Forester for ODF’s Klamath-Lake District. “The interagency coordination of private, county, federal, and state resources really paid off in the heart of our fire season.”
In 1994, a fire burned 1,005 acres on the south side of Spence Mountain.