Fire officials lift evacuation orders around the Two Four Two Fire

Fire officials said that 'all evacuations were lifted' in the Two Four Two Fire area at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, though certain roadblocks remain in place.

Posted: Sep 7, 2020 9:20 PM
Updated: Sep 19, 2020 4:38 PM

CHILOQUIN, Ore. —

UPDATE: The Two Four Two fire is currently 14,473 acres and is 49% contained. 

Fire crews did not receive rain yesterday as hoped.


Today crews will focus on locating hazardous trees and removing them, tomorrow warmer weather is expected to help firefighters identify hot spots.

UPDATE: Though containment levels on the Two Four Two Fire near Chiloquin were estimated at 15 percent on Tuesday, fire officials said that "all evacuations were lifted" at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

Access to Highway 422 will be restored at noon, though highways 62 and 422 remain closed to the public in this area, with the exception of residents of those areas who can show proof of residency. It will remain closed to non-residents.

Officials said that efforts are being made to reopen those highways.

"Containing the fire requires diligent, labor intensive work. Working within the fires interior, crews will search for hot spots," the fire's Incident Management Team said. "These hot spots can be found in downed logs and tree stumps. Firefighters turn logs over and dig out stumps then spray them with water until the material is cold to the touch."

Crews will be working to 25 feet within the fire's interior, trying to build a "crust" around the fire and secure the perimeter.

As of Tuesday morning, fire officials still estimated that 70 structures had been damaged and 35 destroyed.

(Updated 9/15/20 at 11:30 a.m.)


UPDATE: Growth on the Two Four Two Fire has started to slow as fire crews look to chase down hot spots within the fire's perimeter. The fire is estimated at 14,584 acres with 12 percent containment.

Overnight, firefighters used an infrared flight to capture the fire's hot spots, allowing crews to focus on those on Monday, in addition to continued mop-up.

“Everyday we’ll get a little deeper and a little deeper into the fire's perimeter,” said Operations Section Chief, John Pelliser.

Klamath County did not see the predicted wind event on Sunday, allowing crews to continue strengthening lines amidst hot weather. A Red Flag Warning is in effect again from noon to 9 p.m. on Monday.

Evacuation levels in the Chiloquin area remain unchanged, and are expected to remain that way until the Red Flag Warnings end.

(Updated 9/14/20 at 12 p.m.)


UPDATE: The Two Four Two fire is 14,450 acres and 10% contained. Approximately 150 National Guard troops will join firefighters to assist with containing the fire.

Today, crews started diligently removing hot spots. Crews worked on both widening the control line and clearing heat near houses. Tonight and tomorrow, crews will continue mopping up the hot spots. The goal is to have wide control lines before mid-day tomorrow. Once a fire has a wide, fuel-free, and cooled buffer along the line, it's contained. It's a long process, and tomorrow's weather will test the work completed so far.

For tomorrow, weather forecasters predict increased winds from 11am-9pm. These winds will be from the southeast, pushing the fire to the northwest. This will test the control lines. The goal is to hold the fire within its current footprint throughout the wind event.

1,278 structures are threatened by the Two Four Two Fire. 70 structures are damaged and 35 have been destroyed.

(Updated 09/12/20 @ 10:00 p.m.)


UPDATE:  The Two Four Two fire is still currently burning northwest of Chiloquin.

The fire is still under investigation and has caused nearly 2.1 million dollars of damage. There are 340 personnel working on the fire which is 14,450 acres and 7 percent contained.

All level 3 (Go) evacuations are still in place at the following areas:

  • Hwy 62 from mile post 100 to mile post 94
  • Hwy 422 North from U.S. 97 to Hwy 62
  • North of Collier State
  • Park Logging Museum on Glendale Drive

Level 1: (Get Ready)

  • evacuations are at Highway 62 from milepost 94 to Sun Mountain Road.

1,278 structures are threatened and 35 have been destroyed.

Today, crews are aiming to secure, improve and hold control lines. Crews will also continue securing areas around structures and putting out hot spots.

 

UPDATE: Crews continue to battle the Two Four Two Fire near Chiloquin, with dozens of structures reported damaged or destroyed since it began earlier this week. The fire now covers an estimated 12,640 acres with containment remaining at 5 percent.

Fire officials said on Friday that fire activity rose on the northwest side of the fire overnight, but crews were able to minimize its spread. Crews plan to patrol the fire's perimeter on Friday, putting out hot spots and reinforcing containment lines. On the northwest side, hand crews and bulldozers will work to close a line around the fire.

According to the latest estimate, 70 structures have been damaged and 35 destroyed. More than 1,200 homes remain threatened.

Evacuations remained unchanged on Friday, with Level 3 and Level 1 zones in place. See our evacuations article for more information.

"Thank you to everyone who has donated supplies. We appreciate your support," fire officials said. "The fire team comes ready to focus on containing the fire, with sufficient food and supplies. A sizeable population in this community have been displaced or continue to be displaced and are facing hardships. Please redirect donations to support your community's food bank, fire department, Red Cross chapter, or neighbor."

(Updated 9/11/20 at 11:50 a.m.)


UPDATE: The Two Four Two Fire near Chiloquin has grown to cover roughly 10,000 acres with only 5 percent containment, according to an update from fire officials on Wednesday.

An Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Type 2 Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire Wednesday morning. The incident is a unified command with ODF and the U.S. Forest Service.

Fire officials said that the fire is burning in dry grass, brush, and timber with "extreme fire behavior."

"Growth yesterday was wind-driven, with movement in all directions," the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) said. "Multiple structures are threatened. Fire managers are still assessing structures that may have been lost."

There is a public meeting scheduled tonight at 7 p.m. through Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/SCOFMPFIREINFO. The page is public and the meeting can be viewed even if you don’t have a Facebook account.

The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office asks area residents to please use texting and social media to update family members on their status. Communication lines are being bogged down due to increased cellphone traffic, resulting in challenges for calls to be connected.

Highway 97 is now open for one lane with a pilot car between Highway 62 south of Chiloquin north to the intersection with Forest Road 9732 at Oux Kanee Overlook. All other road closures and evacuation orders remain in place.

(Updated 9/9/20 at 1:45 p.m.)


INITIAL REPORT: The Two Four Two Fire near Chiloquin in Klamath County has grown to more than 2,000 acres as of Tuesday morning, forcing evacuation orders and warnings in the area.

Multiple areas are now under a Level 3 "GO" evacuation order, according to the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP). Klamath County Sheriff's deputies and local firefighters were helping to notify people in the area on Tuesday morning.

On Monday night, SCOFMP said that the fire had jumped Highway 422 North, causing further evacuations. Most of the fire activity was concentrated in the area between Highway 97 and Highway 62, and Highway 422 N and Highway 422 S.

Highway 97 remained closed as of Tuesday morning between milepost 241 and 249 in both directions.

"It continues to be wind-driven, moving to the south and southwest. So far the fire is estimated to have burned at least 4 miles from its initial point and the winds are not letting up," fire officials said on Monday night.

Anyone to the south-southwest of the fire area, including Agency Lake, was advised to be "organized and ready" for evacuation — prepared to leave immediately if needed.

"Firefighters want to thank everyone who has followed evacuation orders! So far any structures the fire has come close to have been evacuated, allowing firefighters to focus on protecting firefighter safety and trying to help impacted properties," SCOFMP said.

The cause is currently under investigation. The fire was initially reported near the Williamson River Campground, according to SCOFMP.

Here are the current evacuation levels as reported by SCOFMP:

Level 3 "GO" evacuation orders 

  • The Oregon Shores 2 community is under an evacuation order and residents are being notified.
  • People in Collier State Park and residents to the west of the State Park, as well as residents in Woodland Park. Most of the residents in the area have been evacuated.
  • People south of Highway 422 North to the junction of Highways 97 and 62 south of Chiloquin. This was a Level 1 Evacuation this has been upgraded. 
  • Anyone to the south-southwest of the fire, including the Agency Lake area, is advised to be organized and ready for evacuation. They should be prepared to leave immediately if necessary. 

Level 2 "Be Set" evacuation warning

  • Oregon Shores 1 is under an evacuation warning and residents should be prepared for immediate evacuation.
  • Notice in place for Oregon State Highway 422 North between Highway 97 and Oregon State Highway 62, as well as for Highway 62 between mileposts 94 and 98 – from the intersection with Highway 422 North to the State Fish Hatchery. Residents in this area should be prepared to evacuate quickly if notified.

Those with evacuation questions should go physically to Kla-Mo-Ya Casino where the Red Cross is establishing a shelter.

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