Wednesday, August 16, 2017

North Pelican Fire Update, August 16, 2017

Pelican Fire on August 16 at 1pm.
The lightning caused North Pelican Fire was initially reported on August 10th.  The fire received precipitation the day it started which slowed its growth. Recent warm, dry and windy conditions have increased fire activity and the fire is now approximately 10 acres. The fire continues to burn in a remote area on Pelican Butte. Due to the rocky terrain and remote location no firefighters have been deployed to the area. Fire officials deemed the area too unsafe for helicopter repel crews or smokejumpers to respond. Fire personnel are flying the fire daily to monitor its growth.

The fire is over a mile from the nearest values at risk. Fire officials are evaluating options to stem fire growth to the north (Rock Creek) and east (Westside Road) where safe and appropriate if fire activity deems it necessary.

Smoke may be visible in the area around Pelican Butte, Upper Klamath Lake, and Klamath Falls.

No structures or private lands are threatened. There are currently no forest, trail, or road closures in the area.

For more information, contact Fire Information Officer, Celeste Prescott with the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership at 907-244-9376 or 

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