CHILOQUIN, Ore. – The Chiloquin Ridge Fire is currently burning on private lands and the Chiloquin Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest near Chiloquin Ridge Road east of Chiloquin.

The fire is estimated to be approximately 53 acres and was reported yesterday afternoon. The fire is 90 percent lined. The cause is currently under investigation.

There are currently no road closures or evacuations in place.  The fire is burning in mixed conifer and brush.  Smoke is visible in the area and may become more visible as fuels burn within the fire interior.

Firefighting resources from Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Klamath-Lake District and Medford, local U.S. Forest Service firefighters, Chiloquin Fire District, Rocky Point Fire District and Fire District 1 responded to the fire Sunday evening and continue to fight the fire.

Winds contributed towards fire spread yesterday. However, as winds subsided overnight, firefighters were able to make good progress on the fire. Firefighters plan to start mop-up today.

The public is encouraged to use caution with fire on private and wildlands. Spring winds can be erratic, dry out fuels and carry fire quickly. Conditions are also unseasonably dry this spring, with snowpack receding and long periods between storms.

This Chiloquin Ridge Fire is one of several fires that started in the South Central Oregon Fire.

Management Partnership area this weekend.  Several of the fires were identified as debris burning piles that were carried by the wind due to dry conditions and gusty winds.

Area landowners must work with local fire departments for local burn permits and to follow local regulations and requirements.  This can include only burning when weather conditions allow.