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Klamathon Fire Update: Hundreds of homes evacuated

Courtesy: William E. Simpson II, from Camp Creek.

The fire has grown to 35,000 acres, with 25% containment.

Posted: Jul. 8, 2018 7:40 PM
Updated: Jul. 9, 2018 8:43 AM

YREKA, Cal. -- As of 6:00 p.m. Sunday, July 8, 2018, the Klamathon fire has grown to 35,000 acres, with 25% containment. Hundreds of homes have been evacuated, affecting approximately 1,500 people. Approximately 800 structures are threatened, and 72 have been destroyed.

Fire crews made good progress today, though two areas are potential problem spots, according to Tim Chavez, a battalion chief with CAL FIRE.

One area west of Interstate 5 has been logged, leaving dry conditions due to an absence of tree cover; this area is prone to spot fires.
An area of the Siskiyou Wilderness has never burned “in recorded history,” Chavez said, noting that there is much underbrush and downed trees to fuel a fire, as well as steep terrain, making it a challenge for ground crews.

Crews established a line west of Hornbrook, up to Hilt, and Oregon crews have established four miles of line which they hope to tie-in with lines established in California.

The Klamath River is being used as a natural barrier, and crews are working to keep it from moving south of the river, mopping-up an area that had burned.

Brandon Feller, the firefighter burned on Thursday, has been released from UC Davis and is home recuperating from his injuries.
A warming trend is forecast for mid-week, with winds getting a bit stronger tomorrow.

Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey said law enforcement's priorities are public safety and security to the evacuated areas. They are also monitoring seven traffic control points to ensure that roads are accessible for emergency crews.

Pacific Power is slowly restoring power to areas where it was lost.

See an updated list of evacuations.

Read a history of Klamathon fire updates.

Below is the full press release from CAL FIRE, issued 7 p.m., July 8, 2018.

Tonight, into tomorrow morning moderate fire behavior is expected. The Klamath
River Country Estates continue to be threatened. The west and north flank will
continue to have short range spotting in the timber stands when strong ridge top
winds surface in the afternoons; this continues to threaten the communities of Hilt,
Colestin and Jackson County OR. The southern flank should hold north of the Klamath
River and in the town of Hornbrook. Completed line on the east flank will mitigate
the threat to Iron Gate Reservoir Estates. The communities of Hilt and Colestin along
with the Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife Area, Klamath National Forest, Soda Mountain
Wilderness and Cascade Siskiyou National Monument will be threatened.

CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS:
Evacuation Orders: The communities of Hornbrook, Hilt, Colestin and Irongate
Reservoir. Klamath River Community Estates: east of Black Mountain to Desavado
Road, south of Copco Road and Ager Beswick Road. East Iron Gate Reservoir Estates:
Areas south of Iron Gate Reservoir/Copco Road, north of Ager/Beswick Road, west
of Desavato Road and east of Snackenbury Creek. Copco Lake Area: Areas east of
Jenny/Fall Creek, south of the Oregon State Line, north of Copco Road and west of
Topsey Grade.

Evacuation Warnings: East of the Yreka Western Railroad to Iron Gate Reservoir
and South to Copco/Ager and North to the CA/OR State line.
Pheasant Valley area: East of Interstate 5, south of the summit of Black Mountain,
west of Ager and north of Yreka Ager Road. Airport Road area: Southwest of York
Road, west of Airport Road, north of Shelly Road and east of Ager Road. Bogus
Creek area: South of Ager Beswick Road, east of York Road and west of Bogus
Creek.

OREGON RESIDENTS:
The following area in Jackson County will be placed at a Level 3 (red) “Go” evacuation
notice:
The area east of Interstate 5, covering Bureau of Land Management lands and private
properties west of the Jackson-Klamath County line, north of the Oregon-California
border, and south of a line that extends from the intersection of I-5 and the Mount
Ashland Ski Road due east to the Jackson-Klamath County line.

The following areas in Jackson County will be placed at a Level 2 (yellow) “Be Set”
evacuation notice:
The area east of Interstate 5, covering Bureau of Land Management lands and private
properties west of the Jackson-Klamath County line, north of the line that extends
from the intersection of I-5 and the Mount Ashland Ski Road due east to the JacksonKlamath
County line (the Level 3 evacuation line), north to Highway 66.

As a reminder, the following areas in Jackson County are currently at a Level 3 (red)
"Go" evacuation notice:
The Colestin Valley including the Colestin Road and all its tributaries from the
Oregon-California border to the Mount Ashland Ski Road. Old Highway 99 from the
Oregon-California border to the Mount Ashland Ski Road.
In addition, the following areas will remain at a Level 2 yellow) "Be Set" evacuation
notice: The Mount Ashland Ski Road from Mount Ashland down to Old Highway
99. Old Highway 99 to just Callahan's Lodge.

Road Closures:
Ager Rd at Klamathon Road, Ager Rd at Shelly, Copco Rd at Ager Road, Copco Road
at I5, Klamathon Road at I5, Hilt at I5, Ditch Creek Road at I5

Small Animals can be taken to Jackson Street Elementary School at 405 Jackson
Street, Yreka, CA 96097
Large Animal Shelter: Siskiyou County Fairgrounds, 1712 Fairlane Rd, Yreka, CA
96097

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