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Klamathon Fire Update: Containment Reaches 60%, No New Growth

Some areas difficult to access will remain threatened until crews can enter and complete fire lines.

Posted: Jul. 11, 2018 8:05 AM
Updated: Jul. 11, 2018 10:15 AM

YREKA, Calif. — More than half of the Klamathon Fire is contained. Containment has reached 60% and has held at 36,500 acres. No new structures have been damaged or destroyed, and the number of threatened structures has dropped from 1,036 to 315 since the briefing 24 hours ago.

In a press conference on Tuesday night, fire officials said that the focus of firefighting efforts have shifted to the Oregon side of the border, near Pilot Rock.

"The fire continues to burn in the Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife area, the Soda Mountain Wilderness and Klamath National Forest," officials said in a statement on Wednesday morning. These areas have been particularly difficult for fire crews to access due to the terrain.

Yesterday afternoon, Hornbrook and Copco residents returned home.

See an updated list of evacuations.

Read a history of Klamathon fire updates.

The CAL FIRE briefing appears below.

Minimal fire behavior was observed last night with the same behavior anticipated today. The
fire continues to burn in the Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife area, the Soda Mountain Wilderness
and Klamath National Forest. Fire activity will be isolated to Northern flank of the fire. Crews
will continue to reinforce current direct lines and will extend direct line construction while
also establishing indirect line on the North end of the fire with crews and dozers. Dozers will
continue to reinforce contingency line on the North and Northeast perimeter of the fire. The
Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife Area, Soda Mountain Wilderness and Cascade Siskiyou National
Monument are difficult areas to access and will remain threatened until crews can make
access and complete line to the North.


CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS:

Evacuation Warnings: Copco Lake Area - Areas east of Jenny/Fall Creek, south of the
Oregon State Line, north of Copco Road and west of Topsey Grade.

OREGON RESIDENTS:

The following area in Jackson County will remain at a Level 3 (red) “Go” evacuation
notice:
The area east of Interstate 5, covering Bureau of Land Management lands and private
properties west of the Jackson-Klamath County line, north of the Oregon-California
border, and south of a line that extends from the intersection of I-5 and the Mount
Ashland Ski Road due east to the Jackson-Klamath County line.
The following areas in Jackson County will remain at a Level 2 (yellow) “Be Set”
evacuation notice:
The area east of Interstate 5, covering Bureau of Land Management lands and private
properties west of the Jackson-Klamath County line, north of the line that extends
from the intersection of I-5 and the Mount Ashland Ski Road due east to the JacksonKlamath
County line (the Level 3 evacuation line), north to Highway 66.
In addition, the following areas in Jackson County have been reduced to a Level 1
(green) "Be Ready" evacuation notice:
The Colestin Valley including the Colestin Road and all its tributaries from the
Oregon-California border to the Mount Ashland Ski Road.
Old Highway 99 from the Oregon-California border to the Mount Ashland Ski Road.
Also, the following areas are being reduced to a Level 1 "Be Ready" evacuation
notice: Mount Ashland Ski Road from Mount Ashland down to Old Highway 99.
Old Highway 99 to just Callahan's Lodge.

Trail Closures: Pacific Crest Trail closed in Soda Mountain Wilderness from I5 NE to Hwy 66 in Jackson County, OR.

Evacuation Center(s): Jackson Street Elementary School, 405 Jackson St, Yreka, CA 96097

Animal Evac. Center(s): Small Animals can be taken to Jackson Street Elementary School at 405 Jackson
Street, Yreka, CA 96097
Large Animal Shelter: Siskiyou County Fairgrounds, 1712 Fairlane Rd, Yreka, CA
96097

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