Salem, Ore. – With over 14,000 lightning strikes recorded as thunderstorms swept across Oregon between August 4 and 12, firefighters suppressed 88 lightning fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry. As lightning fires often start in remote areas, ODF used specialty aircraft to aid in early detection efforts.Read More
Alturas, Calif.— Fire-use restrictions will go into effect for the Modoc National Forest at 12 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Fire restrictions help minimize the chances of human-caused wildland fires. Modoc firefighters have contained three human-caused fires already this year.Read More
UPDATE: Officials from Crater Lake National Park have identified the 27 year old male that drowned at Cleetwood Cove on Sunday.
Crater Lake, Ore. – At approximately 4:40 PM on Sunday, August 18th, the park received a call that a 27 year old male had jumped off a small rock cliff at Cleetwood Cove but had not resurfaced.
People on scene immediately threw out a life ring and staff from the Crater Lake Hospitality park boat tour operation went to the area in a small boat to help with the search. Park staff mobilized quickly and responded to the location, over one mile down the Cleetwood Trail.Read More
Fremont-Winema National Forest announces new road construction projects in the Chemult, Bly and Paisley Ranger Districts. FWNF provides an update on the construction projects on Fishhole Creek Road. And announces a public meeting at the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce regarding the Lakeview Federal Sustained Yield Unit.Read More
On Thursday, August 15, 2019 the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) responded to two incidents on Mount Shasta involving injured or endangered mountain climbers stranded after mishaps left them imperiled at high elevations and in need of rescue.Read More
According to Klamath County Sheriff, Chris Kaber - At approximately 8:03 pm on Wednesday evening (August 14th, 2019) an inmate being held in the Klamath County Jail attempted suicide while alone in a booking cell. The 53 year old man was being held on local misdemeanor charges related to Disorderly Conduct, Harassment, and Criminal Trespass.Read More
Fire managers are pleased with the progress so far. The fire is currently in mop up stage and containment has risen to 63%. This success shows that the hard work is paying off.
Minimal fire activity is expected today and unburned islands of fuel in the interior will continue to smolder and produce light smoke periodically. Firefighters will continue to focus on mop up operations along the perimeter and will begin removing excess equipment and supplies from secure portions of the fireline. Air resources are available to assist with bucket drops, should that be necessary.Read More
Predicted flare up activity during the day kept firefighters busy on Tuesday. Crews achieved good successes on some sections, reinforcing control lines. As a result, several engines and crews will be reassigned today from more secure parts of the line to some of the more challenging areas. In the eastern section, there are still many islands of green, unburned areas inside the fire perimeter, which take longer to secure.Read More
The Oregon Health Authority updated a recreational use health advisory today for Upper Klamath Lake due to the presence of a cyanobacterial (harmful algae) bloom and cyanotoxins (harmful algae toxins) above recreational guideline values for human exposure. The lake is in Klamath County.Read More
With the warmer, drier weather yesterday, there were several flare-ups during the day and overnight inside of the perimeter of the Ward Fire, where residual hot spots ignited drying grass and brush. Flare-ups such as these are common with the current weather conditions and are a vivid reminder that work on this fire is not yet finished. “We are still dealing with a fire,” said Mitch Williams, Field Night Operations.Read More
Favorable weather conditions helped crews continue to make solid progress yesterday. John Pellissier, Operations Section Chief, summed it up during the briefing as night shift firefighters prepared to go out. “Today we had a good day of work, building off good work last night”.Read More
Over 350 firefighters are now working to further strengthen fire lines on the Ward Fire located 13 miles southwest of Keno, Oregon along the Klamath River Canyon near the Oregon-California border.
The 1301-acre fire was started by lightening last Friday when a severe thunderstorm passed over the area. The fire instantly started growing due to topography and winds.
Containment is now 24%Read More
The Ward Fire has had minimal growth since yesterday due to the moist and cool conditions and effective dozer lines built directly against the burning perimeter on the northern flank of the fire. Last night, firefighters worked to mop up 30 feet in on the fireline in the northwest flank of the fire. Crews also worked to install hose lays along the completed dozer line on the northeast portion.Read More
The Ward Fire started early afternoon August 9th, 2019 when a lightning storm came through the area. The fire instantly started running and spotting, aided by topography and winds. Crews from ODF and BLM along with Green Diamond timber company rapidly responded.Read More
Klamath Falls, Ore. –Scattered thunderstorms moved across portions South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) protected lands this afternoon and evening.
Multiple fires were reported this afternoon in Klamath County with the largest fire is approximately 1500 acres.Read More
U.S. Air Force F-15C pilots from the 173rd Fighter Wing spent one day preparing for an emergency ejection over water during water survival skills training at Cultus Lake in Central Oregon, July 25, 2019.Read More
The 173rd Security Forces Squadron increased the training capability for the base, as well as the surrounding area, when they constructed a new “shoot house” on the base designed to simulate real situations law enforcement and first responders deal with as a part of their mission.Read More
Due to a high risk for a strong thunderstorm system in the area that can bring frequent lightning to dry fuels during periods of gusty winds and low humidity. A Red Flag Warning has been issued for today, August 8, 2019, from 2:00 PM until 9:00 PM. A second Red Flag Warning has been issued for 11:00 AM, Friday, August 9 through 10:00 PM Saturday, August 10, 2019.Read More
Bly, Ore. – Fremont-Winema National Forest officials are reminding the public to slow down, watch for flaggers and use caution when traveling in road construction zones on the Forest following an accident today.Read More