BEATTY, Ore. — Authorities ordered evacuations north of Beatty in Klamath County on Sunday following the outbreak of a fast-growing wildfire.
According to the U.S. Forest Service, fire crews were responding to a 1,200-acre wildfire roughly five miles north of Beatty. As of Sunday evening there was no containment, and the cause of the fire remained under investigation.
The fire, which is being referred to as the Ponina Fire, is currently burning on ODF-protected lands and the Bly Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest.
According to Tamara Schmidt, the Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Forest Service, the fire started right around 2:30 p.m..
Multiple structures are being reported as threatened and according to Schmidt, multiple power lines in the area are also being threatened.
According to the Klamath County Sheriff's Office a Level 3 Evacuation Order has been issued to residents near the Ponina Fire. No other evacuations have been given at this time.
NewsWatch 12 has also learned that there was a minor injury to a non-agency person assigned to the Ponina Fire this evening. The individual refused treatment and is continuing to work on the fire.