Fire Crews Make Steady Progress on Cutoff Fire Near Bonanza

Fire managers estimate that over half of the fire’s 1,500-acre perimeter has been lined. Containment sits at 10%.

Posted: Jun 19, 2021 4:35 PM
Updated: Jun 20, 2021 9:37 PM

UPDATE: 9:36 PM: BONANZA, Ore. — Firefighters on the ground used bulldozers, other heavy equipment, and hand tools to build containment lines around the Cutoff Fire near Bonanza.

In the air, skies above the fire were busy with heavy air tankers, helicopters, and single engine air tankers (SEATS) dropping water and retardant to slow the fire’s spread.

Fire managers estimate that over half of the fire’s 1,500-acre perimeter has been lined.

Containment sits at 10%, indicating that the control lines will need to be significantly strengthened before they will withstand forecasted hot, dry weather.

The fire is burning on a mix of public and private forestland and threatens approximately 125 structures.

In consultation with the fire’s Incident Commander, Klamath County Emergency Management issued a Level 3 (GO NOW) evacuation for the area east of Bly Mountain Cutoff Road, between Jaguar Lane/Racoon Lane and Spaniel Lane/ Crocodile Lane, west of Thrasher Drive. Evacuation levels remain unchanged.

ODF’s Incident Management Team 1 took command of the fire at approximately 6:00 pm on Sunday, June 20, 2021. Incident Commander Joe Hessel praised the work of local agencies.

“The local forces did an excellent job getting this fire knocked down quickly. They did a tremendous amount of work. Our job is to pick up where they left off and finish the job,” said Hessel.

The priorities for the coming days including improving protection around structures and strengthening control lines. The weather forecast calls for continued hot and dry weather with the potential for thunderstorms.


BLY, Ore.--- Fremont-Winema National Forest is reporting a fire on Bly Mountain that sparked Saturday June 19, 2021.

The fire is estimated to be 30 acres in size and fire personnel are responding.

UPDATE 4:25 PM: The Civil Authorities have issued an Immediate Evacuation for Klamath, OR beginning at 4:17 pm and ending at 10:17 pm. All residents east of Bly Mountain cutoff between Jaguar Ln/Racoon Ln and Spaniel Ln/Crocodile Ln, west of Thrasher Dr are urged to evacuate immediately.

This wildfire has officially been named the Cut Off Fire.

UPDATE 9:17 PM: The Civil Authorities have issued an Immediate Evacuation for Klamath, OR beginning at 9:02 pm Saturday June 19 and ending at 6:02 pm Sunday June 20. Level 3 (GO NOW) East of Bly Mountain Cutoff Rd, North to Grizzly Ln, West of Hummingbird Dr, and South to Keno Springs Road. Level 2 (GET SET) East of Bly Mountain Cutoff Rd, North to Keno Springs Rd, West of Forest Service Rd 3812, South three miles. Level 1 (GET READY) East of Bly Mountain Cutoff Rd, North to Hwy 140 and Kingfisher Dr, West of Hummingbird Dr, South to Grizzly Ln.

UPDATE 10:34 PM: The fire is estimated to be approximately 1,000 acres and rapidly spreading to the southeast.

There are numerous resources assigned to the fire and on order.

At this time approximately 125 structures are threatened. Residents in the area should monitor current evacuation status as this incident progresses.

Following is updated evacuation information, at the request of the Cutoff Fire Incident Commander, issued by Klamath County Emergency Management:

• Level 3 (GO NOW)
o East of Bly Mountain Cutoff Rd, North to Grizzly Ln, West of Hummingbird Dr, and South to Keno Springs Road.

• Level 2 (GET SET)
o East of Bly Mountain Cutoff Rd, North to Keno Springs Rd, West of Forest Service Rd 3812, South three miles.

• Level 1 (GET READY)
o East of Bly Mountain Cutoff Rd, North to Hwy 140 and Kingfisher Dr, West of Hummingbird Dr, South to Grizzly Ln.

An ODF Incident Management Team is enroute to the fire.

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