Evening Fire Update: Beatty Area

BLY, Ore. – Firefighters continued 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 615 acres and 50 percent contained.

Approximately 150 personnel worked on the fire today on securing the fire’s edge and mop-up activities.  The SCOFMP Type 3 Team continues to manage the fire.  There are plans to transition to a Type 4 Incident Commander and the Bly Ranger District this Friday morning.

Evacuation orders have been lifted for the Sycan Estates per the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office.

The Yellow Jacket Fire, burning approximately 4 miles south of Beatty, is 34 acres and 100 percent contained.

The fire will be staffed tomorrow and then go into patrol status with daily checks.  Smoke will be visible in the coming days from interior fuels burning.

This will be the final update for the Yellow Jacket Fire unless there is a significant change in conditions.

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.

A Red Flag Warning remains in effect until 9 p.m. for abundant lightning on dry fuels in South Central Oregon.  Gusty and erratic outflow winds could cause extreme fire growth.

The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership’s (SCOFMP) federal and state agencies are monitoring conditions and 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.

South Central Oregon is already seeing an active and early fire season.  In addition to being careful with anything that can spark a fire, the public can help by reporting suspected wildfires to 911.  Private landowners can create and maintain defensible space around structures, especially in rural and forested areas.