ASHLAND, Ore. —
UPDATE: At the same Ashland news conference, Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey indicated that there may have been another citizen death previously unaccounted for near Hornbrook.
When asked if the Sheriff's Office had been able to account for all individuals in the evacuated areas through search and rescue efforts, Lopey said the following:
"This morning we had to unfortunately take the cadaver dogs and go through the areas that were burned, and we did have a positive alert this morning—we may have another fatality. But we're trying to confirm that, the roof collapsed on a structure."
Previously, authorities have only reported one death from the Klamathon Fire—an apparent resident of Hornbrook, although that person has not been identified.
(Updated as of Monday, July 9 at 7:15 p.m.)
INITIAL REPORT: At a news conference on Monday night, CAL FIRE revealed that they will be reducing evacuation orders for several areas tonight, potentially allowing some people to return to their homes.
Specifics on those lowered evacuation orders are as follows:
- Klamath River Country Estates and the Irongate area South of the Klamath River are no longer on an evacuation order (reduced to evacuation warning).
- Hilt is no longer an evacuation order (reduced to evacuation warning)
- The Colestine Valley area is no longer on an evacuation order (Level 3: GO) and have been reduced to evacuation warnings (Level 2: SET).
- Mt. Ashland Ski Road has been reduced to an advisory (Level 1: READY).
The Klamathon Fire now covers 36,500 acres and is 40 percent contained, officials announced. Over 3,000 citizens have been evacuated in between the far-flung communities within reach of the flames.
So far, 34 homes have been confirmed destroyed and 5 more damaged.
There are currently 2,798 personnel (firefighters and support) engaged in efforts to deal with the fire's spread. Those efforts have cost about $32 million so far.
One Boeing 747, two DC-10s, four smaller air tankers, and 21 helicopters are employed in firefighting, with about 575,000 gallons dropped so far.