Friday, July 7, 2017

July 7, 2017 Willow Fire Update

LAKEVIEW, Ore. – The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) responded to the Willow Fire, located 15 miles southeast of Bonanza, Ore. on Thursday, July 6, 2017.

The Willow Fire was reported at 10 acres, burning in grass and scattered juniper near the Willow Valley Reservoir on Bureau of Land Management Lakeview District's Klamath Falls Resource Area. Multiple fire resources were mobilized to the area to reduce fire growth.

Continued hot and dry weather, with constant wind made fire suppression efforts challenging. Late Thursday, firefighters had established fire line around the Willow Fire and mapped the perimeter at 346 acres. Work continued throughout the evening to secure control lines. Today crews will strengthen the perimeter and begin patrolling for remaining heat in the fire area. A total of 69 fire personnel are engaged in the Willow Fire suppression effort.

With continuing hot and dry weather conditions, fire danger is escalating. Residents and visitors are asked to be careful with anything that makes a spark.

The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership is an interagency fire management program that provides comprehensive wildland fire service to south central Oregon and northwest Nevada. The partnership strives to achieve a more efficient, effective and integrated interagency fire management program for all participating agencies on the lands administered and protected by each agency.

Participating agencies include: Fremont-Winema National Forest, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lakeview District, Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Klamath Basin Wildlife Refuge Complex, Crater Lake National Park and state lands protected by the Klamath-Lake District of the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).

For more information, contact Fire Information Officer Sarah Saarloos with the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership at 541-219-0515 or ssaarloos@fs.fed.us. Daily wildfire information, maps and social media links can be found at SCOFMP Blog: http://bit.ly/2sK5YHY

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