BLY, Ore. – Firefighters continue to make great progress on the Sycan River and Yellow Jacket fires in Klamath County near Beatty.
The Sycan River Fire, burning approximately 20 miles north of Beatty, is now 30 percent contained and 100 percent lined. The total acreage is 615 acres due to more accurate mapping.
Firefighters on all divisions are making have made good progress securing the fire’s edge and mop-up activities. Tomorrow’s day shift will have approximately 150 personnel. No aviation resources were used on the fire today. The SCOFMP Type 3 Team continues to manage the fire.
The evacuation on the Sycan River Fire has been lowered to a Level 1 (get ready) for the Sycan Estates per the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office.
The Yellow Jacket Fire, burning approximately 4 miles south of Beatty, is holding at 34 acres and is 50 percent contained.
Crews worked to mop-up the fire’s perimeter and extinguish hot spots along the fire edge today. There are numerous state, federal and contract resources working on the fire.
There are no evacuations for the Yellow Jacket Fire.
Forest Road 27 remains closed from the intersection with Forest Road 30 north to the intersection with Forest Road 46. This closure is for firefighter and public safety. This is the only road closure associated with fire in the area. However, drivers should be prepared for increased fire traffic in the area and aware of their surroundings. This includes large equipment on narrow Forest roads and traffic on area highways.
The National Weather Service in Medford has issued a Red Flag Warning in effect tomorrow from 2 to 9 p.m. for abundant lightning on dry fuels in South Central Oregon. Thunderstorms are predicted to be moving from the southwest to northeast.
The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership’s (SCOFMP) federal and state agencies are prepared to respond if the weather conditions happen as forecasted. While there are two active wildfires in the area, wildland firefighting resources are available to respond to lightning fires across Klamath and Lake counties.
Human-caused wildfires are preventable! The public is asked to use extreme caution with anything that can spark a fire. Hot temperatures, dry fuels and high winds can quickly turn a small spark or ember into a large wildfire.