CHILOQUIN, Ore. — Evacuation orders have been lifted near the Pool Fire southwest of Chiloquin, Klamath County officials said just after 5:30 p.m. on Monday evening.
The end of Witam Bluff Drive at Metate Lane will remain closed with heavy firefighter activity in the area, officials said. But the lifting of evacuation orders for the area means that residents can ostensibly return home.
(Updated 6/21/21 at 5:40 p.m.)
Fire officials say that the new fire southwest of Chiloquin, dubbed the Pool Fire, is now estimated at 30 acres and growing. As of 4:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon, there was no containment.
Homes below South Chiloquin Road on Blue Pool Way to Witam Bluff Drive remain on Level 3 "GO" evacuation status. Residents there should leave immediately due to fire threat. This area is located between Highway 97 and Agency Lake, just southwest of Kla-Mo-Ya Casino.
South Chiloquin Road is closed between Modoc Point Road and Highway 62.
Multiple structures are threatened by the fire. Officials said that air ground resources are either engaged on the fire or have been ordered. Early in the fire, two engines "took some heat," officials said. They have since been put back in service, and there are no reported injuries.
Deputies from the Klamath County Sheriff's Office and volunteers from Search & Rescue are evacuating people in the area. The American Red Cross and Klamath County officials are setting up an evacuation point at Kl-Mo-Ya Casino.
The fire was reported around 2:30 p.m. on Monday. Officials say that the cause is still under investigation.
This is a developing story and will be updated with more details as they emerge.