Minimal fire activity will allow for transition to Type 3 Team [VIDEO]

Minimal fire activity will allow for transition to Type 3 Team [VIDEO]

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.

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Warmer and drier conditions continue to play a role in the Ward fire [VIDEO]

Warmer and drier conditions continue to play a role in the Ward fire [VIDEO]

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.

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Recreational use advisory issued for Upper Klamath Lake July 19 [UPDATED to include entire lake - August 13]

Recreational use advisory issued for Upper Klamath Lake July 19 [UPDATED to include entire lake - August 13]

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.

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Work not yet finished, 'We are still dealing with a fire'

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.

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Night crews prep fire line for day crew reinforcement

Night crews prep fire line for day crew reinforcement

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”.

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Ward Fire holds thanks to firefighters and cooler than normal temperatures

Ward Fire holds thanks to firefighters and cooler than normal temperatures

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%

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Minimal Growth on the Ward Fire overnight [VIDEO]

Minimal Growth on the Ward Fire overnight [VIDEO]

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.

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Ward Fire burns over 1300 acres

Ward Fire burns over 1300 acres

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.

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6.7 Percent Unemployment in Klamath County for May 2019; 6.3 percent in Lake county

6.7 Percent Unemployment in Klamath County for May 2019; 6.3 percent in Lake county

Seasonal hiring this spring was stronger than typically expected as businesses ramp up for the busy summer season. The unemployment rate remains little changed over the past year for both Klamath and Lake counties; however, levels of unemployment are quite low for the region.

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Road Construction for week of June 10

Road Construction for week of June 10

Expected road construction projects by the City of Klamath Falls and Klamath County Public Works Departments for the week of June 10 - including, asphalt, signs, painting, and crack sealing.

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‘When Timber Was King’ theme of program

‘When Timber Was King’ theme of program

“When Timber Was King,” is the title of a program to be presented Thursday, May 23, at the Klamath County Museum. The program is cosponsored by Shaw Historical Library and the Klamath County Historical Society. It begins at 7 p.m. in the Museum’s back meeting room, 1451 Main St. Admission is free.

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Red Flag Warning issued for Klamath Basin

Red Flag Warning issued for Klamath Basin

The National Weather Service in Medford has upgraded the recently announced Fire Weather Watch to a Red Flag Warning for the Klamath Basin and the Fremont-Winema National Forest. The warning is in effect from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM PDT Thursday, May 9, 2019.

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Fire Weather Watch issued for the Klamath Basin and Fremont-Winema NF

Fire Weather Watch issued for the Klamath Basin and Fremont-Winema NF

The National Weather Service in Medford has issued a Fire Weather Watch for the Klamath Basin and Fremont-Winema National Fores, which is in effect Thursday afternoon. An unusually warm and dry pattern this afternoon and Wednesday will become even warmer and drier Thursday into the weekend.

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DEQ issues a decision on Jordan Cove’s application for 401 Water Quality Certification

DEQ issues a decision on Jordan Cove’s application for 401 Water Quality Certification

Statewide, OR—Today the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued a decision on Jordan Cove’s application for a Section 401 Water Quality Certification. The certification is required for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to issue permits for the project. 

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Local unemployment rate up from a year ago

Local unemployment rate up from a year ago

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was little changed in the past month. The rate was 7.3 percent in March and 7.4 percent in February. The rate remains up from this time last year when it was 6.3 percent.

Klamath County added 100 jobs in March, typical hiring for this time of year.

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Wyden to Hold Town Halls in Klamath and Lake Counties

Wyden to Hold Town Halls in Klamath and Lake Counties

Senator Ron Wyden will hold town halls on Friday, March 15 in Lake and Klamath counties. Wyden has held 931 town halls statewide overall since promising Oregonians when first elected that he would hold at least one annual town hall in each of the state’s 36 counties.

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Merkley to Hold Town Hall in Klamath Falls and Paisley on Feb. 23

Merkley to Hold Town Hall in Klamath Falls and Paisley on Feb. 23

Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) will hold town halls in Klamath, Lake, Wheeler and Gilliam counties on Saturday and Sunday, February 23 and 24.

Merkley will update constituents on his work in Washington, D.C., and answer their questions and invite their suggestions about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and America.

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Forecast for Weekend Winter Storm 'Maya' Updated

Forecast for Weekend Winter Storm 'Maya' Updated

The National Weather Service is reporting, moderate to heavy snow is expected for our areas of Klamath, Lake, Modoc and Siskiyou Counties. Most of the entire Pacific Northwest will feel the effects of this winter storm. Within our region, locations above 4,500 feet are expected to receive heavier snow totals. Mountain passes could see up to 12 inches of snow. Higher elevations may see up to 24 inches.

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Winter Storm to Bring up to 18 Inches of Snow This Weekend

Winter Storm to Bring up to 18 Inches of Snow This Weekend

Winter Storm Warning for areas over 6,000 feet, Winter Storm Advisory for areas under 6,000 feet are both effect from midnight Friday night to 4:00 AM Sunday. For much of Southern Oregon and Northern California.Including Areas of Klamath, Lake, Modoc, Siskiyou, Jackson, Josephine, and Curry Counties.

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