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FireWatch: Firefighters hold Bear Flat Fire southwest of Keno to 50 acres

Despite the fire's inaccessibility, fire officials say that they have been successful in keeping the fire hemmed in within the Klamath River Canyon area.

Posted: Sep 15, 2021 10:59 AM

KENO, Ore. — Despite steep, nigh-inaccessible terrain within Klamath River Canyon, fire officials say that they've been able keep the Bear Flat Fire southwest of Keno within the same 50-acre area first reported on Monday night.

The fire is located about nine miles southwest of Keno on the northwest side of the Klamath River. While there is still no containment on the fire, it also has not shown any significant growth even as ground crews struggle to operate in the area.

"Air resources, primarily helicopter work, were effective on the fire yesterday, with minimal fire growth," the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership said in an update. "CalFire assisted yesterday, providing a helicopter, two engines and a battalion chief for the day."

SCOFMP said that the weather has helped, with winds dropping overnight and moderate humidity recovery helping to keep fire activity to a minimum. Conditions on Wednesday are expected to include higher humidity and light winds increasing throughout the day.

There are almost 100 personnel assigned to the fire as of Wednesday, including three hand crews, six engines, two water tenders and a dozer, with more resources on order. Crews are still working to secure lines, identify and mitigate hazard trees, and identify contingency line options. SCOFMP's Type 3 Incident Management Team remains in command of the response.

The Lakeview District Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has temporarily closed Ward Road from Route 66 to Mud Springs Road and Copco/Big Bend Road-entire road south of the Emergency Spillway. The Klamath River is also closed to rafting from the Klamath Dam to the Oregon-California state line. Campgrounds in the Upper Klamath River Canyon on river right are closed and the public is asked to stay out of the canyon area.

Smoke from the Bear Flat Fire will remain highly visible on Wednesday, but there are no structures threatened and SCOFMP underlined that the community of Keno is not at risk.

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