KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Van Meter fire is currently burning on Stukel Mountain just southeast of Klamath Falls. The fire was reported this afternoon at 12:24.

The fire is burning on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lakeview District and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) protected lands. It is currently estimated to be 800-1,000 acres and spreading rapidly. The cause is under investigation. Lightning was observed in the area late this morning.

The following evacuations are in effect:

  • Level 3 (Go): Crystal Springs Rd east of Hill Rd. South Poe Valley Rd from Crystal Springs Rd to Weber Rd.
  • Level 1 (Ready): Harpold Rd west to Hill Rd. North of Taylor Rd, just north of the town Merrill.

Currently the fire is under unified command between the Oregon Department of Forestry, Klamath County Sheriff’s office, and Klamath County Fire District 1.

There are multiple ground and air resources currently on the fire. The public is asked to stay away from the fire area for safety reasons.

A local type 3 Incident Management team is currently being ordered to take command of the fire.

New release by South Central Oregon Fire Management.