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Fire Crews Battle Fast-Moving Wildfire South of Klamath Falls

Beginning near Lower Klamath Lake Road, a fire start quickly started spreading east across dry grass.

Posted: Jul 19, 2018 12:07 PM
Updated: Jul 19, 2018 12:10 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Fire crews are still busy trying to contain a grass fire along Lower Klamath Lake Road, just south of Klamath Falls, according to Klamath County Fire District 1 (KCFD1).

Units began responding around 9:30 a.m. this morning after calls of fire starts along Lower Klamath Lake Road, just southeast of the intersection with Cross Road.

One of those fire starts took off uphill, moving across private lands, burning dry grass and light fuels as it spread east towards Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands.

KCFD1 says that no structures are threatened at this time, but deputies with the Klamath County Sheriff's Office have alerted six residences to "be aware of the situation." The Sheriff's Office will also be aiding the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) in investigating the cause of the fire.

ODF and KCFD1 have established a unified command to coordinate ground and air resources in actively attacking the fire. Lower Klamath Lake Road is currently closed to allow responders safe access to the scene.

Right now the fire danger level in Southern Oregon counties is set at High—however, KCFD1 says that ODF plans to increase that danger level to Extreme starting Friday, July 20.

ODF announced just after noon on Thursday that they would increase the fire danger level to extreme in Jackson and Josephine counties effective Friday morning.

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