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Multiple fires cause evacuations near Bly Mountain

The Klamath County Sheriff's Office has issued multiple evacuations in the Bly Mountain area in eastern Klamath County due to the Walrus and Yainax Fires.

Posted: Aug 5, 2021 6:19 PM
Updated: Aug 6, 2021 11:46 AM

UPDATE - 9:57 pm: There are two wildfires burning on Bly Mountain, according to the US Forest Service. The Yainax Fire began was first reported around 1:15 pm on Thursday and is estimated at 75 acres. The Walrus Fire was reported at 4 pm on Friday and is estimated at 85 acres. Both fires are exhibiting active fire behavior and their causes are under investigation, according to the USFS.

According to a USFS press release, "numerous resources" from the Bootleg Fire, which is 84 percent contained, were offered to help on the new fires in eastern Klamath County.

Both fires are burning in populated areas and the following evacuation orders are in place for areas near the fire:

Walrus Fire:

Level 3 "Go Now" (residents should leave immediately):
All residents on Meadow Lark Drive, Porpoise Lane and Seal Lane in the Bly Mountain area

Level 2 "Get Set" (residents are urged to be prepared to leave if necessary):
All residents on Thunderbear Road, Round Prairie Court, Goldfinch Drive, Chicken Hawk Drive and Sparrow Hawk Drive in the Bly Mountain area

Level 1 "Be Ready" (residents should make preparations for potential evacuation):
All residents between Night Owl Drive and Highway 140 in the Bly Mountain area

Yainax Fire:

Level 2 "Get Set" (residents are urged to be prepared to leave if necessary):
All residents east of Kingfisher Drive and east of Hummingbird Drive south to Sandpiper Drive in the Bly Mountain area.

The American Red Cross and Klamath County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) are establishing a temporary evacuation point at the Bonanza School, located at 31601 Mission St. in Bonanza.

For the latest evacuation information, visit https://www.facebook.com/KlamathCountyGov. To sign up for Klamath County alerts, visit http://alerts.klamathcounty.org.


UPDATE: Level 3 "Go Now" evacuations have been issued in eastern Klamath County for all residents on Meadow Lark Dr, Porpoise Ln, Seal Ln in the Bly Mountain area due to the Walrus Fire.

American Red Cross and Klamath County CERT are in the process of establishing a temporary evacuation point at the Bonanza school located at 31601 Mission St, Bonanza, OR.

Level 2 "Get Set" evacuations are now issued for all residents on Thunderbear Rd, Round Prairie Ct, Goldfinch Dr, Chicken Hawk Dr, Sparrow Hawk Dr in the Bly Mountain area due to the Walrus Fire. Residents are urged to prepare to leave IMMEDIATELY if necessary.

Level 1 "Be Ready" evacuations are in effect for residents between Night Owl Dr. and Highway 140 in the Bly Mountain area.


BONANZA, Ore. — Fire officials are reporting new fire starts and an oppressive layer of smoke across eastern Klamath and western Lake counties on Thursday as Red Flag conditions reign over the area.

While few details were immediately available, fire officials reported two new starts between Bonanza and Beatty. The Yainax Fire was reported at 150 acres, with the Walrus Fire between 5 and 20 acres. The Paisley Volunteer Fire Department reported that the Yainax Fire was growing rapidly, advising extreme caution for travelers on Highway 140 due to increased fire traffic.

To the east, the town of Paisley itself was inundated with thick smoke pouring northeast from the many fires burning in northern California. Officials on the Bootleg Fire said that there were intermittent power outages in Paisley due to high winds, and low visibility from the smoke. They also mentioned new fires like the Yainax and Walrus.

"Due to the recent lightning storms, there are several new fire starts in the area," Bootleg Fire officials said. "Please be advised and drive carefully. Currently, the Bootleg Fire lines are holding and we will update with more information when it's available."

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