YREKA, Calif. — Residents of the Hornbrook and Copco communities will be allowed to return to their homes on Tuesday night, fire and law enforcement officials announced at a press conference in Yreka on Tuesday.
Hornbrook residents in particular will still face adversity, even if they have homes to which they can return. Water services have not yet been restored—and once they are restored, it may still be weeks before the water will be safe to drink. Bathing or consuming water in that area is considered highly unsafe.
In the meantime, safe drinking water will be provided to Hornbrook residents at the Chevron station, near the remnants of the southwest corner of town.
At the latest estimate, 34 houses in the Hornbrook area were destroyed by the Klamathon Fire. Many of those returning will be faced with the wreckage of their homes. Authorities say that those returning to those burned areas will need to wear protective clothing.
Electricity has been successfully restored to the entire area affected by the fire, according to Pacific Power.
Irongate Reservoir and the Copco area will remain under an evacuation warning, but residents are allowed to return. The Colestine Valley area has been reduced to a Level 1 (READY) evacuation advisory.
The Klamathon Fire's overall area remains at around 36,500 acres, now with 55 percent containment. There are still over 2,700 firefighters and support personnel employed in the firefight.
An excessive heat watch begins on Thursday, which fire officials are awaiting with caution.