Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July 18, 2017 - Highway 97 Fire

July 18, 2017

8:00 P.M.
Evacuations were lifted for local residents in the HWY 97 Fire area. Firefighters will continue mopping up the 27.6 acre fire until all heat has been extinguished.

3:30 P.M.
Highway 97 Fire is now currently 50% lined. Crews will continue into the evening building line around the fire. Business have been reopened. Some evacuations are still in place for residents but should be lifted as soon as Fire operations declare area safe for re-entry. 

1:45 P.M.
Estimated size of the Highway 97 Fire is 30-40 acres.

Oregon Department of Transportation has reported delays of up to 20 minutes for travelers in the area due to Fire traffic and smoke impacts on the highway.

A possible cause of the fire, which started on the east side of the ODOT scales, is unknown at this time. Leadership in coordinating fire fighting efforts is being provided by the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership. Aircraft, including helicopters and fixed-wing craft are being utilized in the fire fighting effort with the use of artificial fire suppressant as well as water from Upper Klamath Lake.

Updated fire information will be provided through SCOFMP at:

Pacific Power reported outages to customers in the area at 3,500 shortly before noon, but since then the outages have been reduced to less than 500.

Information on Pacific Power outages available at https://www.pacificpower.net/ed/po/oom.html

1:00 P.M.
Local evacuations are in process on Flower Lane and a section on Wocas Lane.

12:30 P.M.
The Highway 97 Fire is located off the highway between mile marker 271-272. It is currently burning on private land. Local, state and federal resources are responding.

Highway 97 is open. Due to firefighting equipment and smoke in the responding, we are asking public to avoid the area.

11:45 A.M.
Interagency Firefighters are responding to a fire off Highway 97 (between mile marker 271-272) near Klamath Falls, Oregon.  The fire was reported around 11:15 a.m. this morning near the Oregon Department of Transportation truck scales on Highway 97 North near Dan O'Brien Way.

It was first reported as a
.25 acre fire. Multiple engines, air support and dozer are responding.

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