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Tennant Fire showing 'rapid rates of spread' prompting evacuations

The Tennant Fire broke out near Highway 97 and Tennant Road while crews were battling the massive Lava Fire.

Posted: Jun 29, 2021 11:15 AM
Updated: Jun 29, 2021 10:12 PM

MACDOEL, Calif. —

UPDATE: Officials with the Klamath National Forest say that the Tennant Fire south of Macdoel has been very challenging given the weather conditions. Very hot temperatures coupled with critically low relative humidities fueled rapid rates of spread on the fire. Current estimated size is 6,000 acres. There is no reported containment.

Numerous personnel, equipment and aircraft from the US Forest Service, CAL FIRE and cooperating agencies have been battling the blaze since it started yesterday afternoon along Highway 97 east of Grass Lake.

(Updated 6/29/21 at 10:05 p.m.)

UPDATE: Officials with the Klamath National Forest say that the Tennant Fire south of Macdoel is "exhibiting rapid rates of spread." The Forest Service urged anyone under an evacuation order to please heed those orders now and leave the area due to the risk posed by this fire.

(Updated 6/29/21 at 4:45 p.m.)

UPDATE: The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office has issued an evacuation order for areas near the Tennant Fire south of Macdoel.

The order applies to the area east of Highway 97 to E Ball Mountain Road, and from Old State Highway to Bray.

An interactive map of current evacuation areas on both the Tennant and Lava fires can be viewed here.

An evacuation shelter has been established at the Dorris City Hall for Tennant Fire evacuees.

(Updated 6/29/21 at 3:15 p.m.)


INITIAL REPORT: While a massive effort remains underway to halt the Lava Fire burning near Weed, fire crews are also dealing with a second fire along Highway 97 near Mt. Hebron. As of Tuesday morning, the Tennant Fire had grown to cover 1,700 acres.

Officials from the Klamath National Forest first reported the Tennant Fire on Monday evening, soon placing its size between 200 and 300 acres. It started near the junction of Highway 97 and Tennant Road.

While fire crews reported "good progress" Monday night after the winds settled — with multiple dozers working to contain spot fires north of Highway 97 — the fire grew by more than 1,000 acres throughout the afternoon and evening.

The U.S Forest Service said that crews and dozers worked through the night to construct a line around most of the fire's perimeter, achieving 5 percent containment. Officials said that they would work to build and strengthen fire lines on Tuesday in hopes of lighter winds.

A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered to the area.

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