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Update: Klamathon Fire reaches 100 percent containment, local assistance center to open

Smoke and flames from the Klamathon Fire (Picture courtesy of Ryan Mason)

Update written at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday July 22:

Cal Fire says the Klamathon Fire has been 100 percent contained at 38,008 acres. Officials say 82 structures were destroyed and 12 were damaged.

A local assistance center will be open Monday and Tuesday next week in Hornbrook, though a location is still to be determined.

The fire is holding within the current perimeter with no additional fire spread anticipated. Fire suppression repair will continue throughout the fire area including erosion control near dozer lines. Fire equipment will be in and out of the area patrolling for smokes within the fire perimeter.

Update written at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 15:

Cal Fire says the Klamathon Fire has burned 38,008 acres and is 95 percent contained. Officials say the fire is holding to the current perimeter and no additional fire spread is expected. All evacuations for California residents have been lifted. 82 structures have been destroyed, 12 structures have been damaged, and one person has been killed.

Update written at 8:05 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10:

Cal Fire announced some evacuation orders have been lifted for the Klamathon Fire, which has now consumed 36,500 acres and is 55-percent contained.

  • Community of Hornbrook- All evacuation orders/warnings have been lifted. COMMUNITY OF HORNBROOK HAS NO RUNNING WATER AND NO ETA
  • Community of Hilt in California- All evacuation orders/warnings have been lifted in California.
  • Community of Colestin in Oregon- Evacuation level has been changed from a Level 2 (Be Set), to Level 1 (Be Ready).
  • East Iron Gate Reservoir Estates- All evacuation orders have been lifted for the area South of Irongate Reservoir/Klamath River, North of Ager Beswick Road, East of Desavado Road, and West of Copco Bridge.
  • Copco Lake Area - Areas East of Jenny/Fall Creek, South of the Oregon State line, North of Copco Road, and West of Topsey Grade evacuation order has been downgraded to evacuation warning.
  • Klamath River Country Estates- All evacuation warnings are lifted


Update written at 8:07 p.m. on Monday, July 9:

Cal Fire announced some evacuation orders have been lifted for the Klamathon Fire, which has consumed 36,500 acres and is 40 percent contained.

Effective immediately, the following evacuation orders have been lifted according to Cal Fire.

  • Klamath River Country Estates: The evacuation order has been reduced to a warning for the area East of Black Mtn. to Desavado Rd., South of the Klamath River to Ager Beswick Rd. Residents who live within these boundaries will need to provide identification to return to their residences. Access into this location can be made at the intersection of Ager and Ager Beswick Rd.
  • East Iron Gate Reservoir Estates: The evacuation order has been reduced to a warning for the area South of Irongate Reservoir/Klamath River will be the border, North of Ager Beswick Rd., East of Desavado Rd., and West of Copco Bridge. Residents who live within these boundaries will need to provide identification to return to their residences. Access into this location can be made at the intersection of Ager and Ager Beswick Rd.
  • Hilt/Colestin Area: The evacuation order for the communities of Hilt and Colestin Valley west of I-5 have been reduced to a warning.
  • Pheasant Valley Area: The evacuation warning has been lifted for the following area; East of I-5, South of the Summit of Black Mountain, West of Ager and North of Yreka Ager Rd.
  • Airport Rd. Area: The evacuation warning has been lifted for the area Southwest of York Rd, West of Airport Rd., North Shelly Rd., and East of Ager Rd.
  • Bogus Mountain Area: The evacuation warning has been lifted for the area South of Ager, Beswick Rd., East of York Rd. and West of Little Bogus Creek.

Evaluation of additional evacuation orders is being evaluated, according to Cal Fire.


Update written at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 8:

The Klamathon Fire is now at 30,500 acres with 25 percent containment and 72 confirmed structures destroyed. 810 structures remain threatened.

Three firefighters have been injured.

The Klamathon fire is well-established in the Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife Area and private timber stands . The south flank of the fire is threatening the Osburger Cabin Cultural Site, as well as the Verizon communication site on Horn Peak.

The fire continues to threaten the communities of Hornbrook, CA, Hilt, CA, and Colestin, OR. Approximately 600 homes in these areas remain threatened. The east flank is threatening two power plants at Iron Gate Reservoir and Copco Lake Reservoir.

Water systems for the communities of Yreka and Hornbrook are currently threatened. Endangered species habitats are threatened on the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and Soda Mountain Wilderness. The Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad, Inc. is currently threatened.

California Evacuation Orders: The communities of Hornbrook, Hilt, Colestin and Irongate Reservoir.
Klamath River Community Estates: east of Black Mountain to Desavado Road, south of Copco Road and Ager Beswick Road.
East Iron Gate Reservoir Estates: Areas south of Iron Gate Reservoir/Copco Road, north of Ager/Beswick Road, west of Desavato Road and east of Snackenbury Creek.
Copco Lake Area: Areas east of Jenny/Fall Creek, south of the Oregon State Line, north of Copco and west of Topsey Grade.

Update written at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday July 7:

According to additional evacuation orders for Klamathon Fire are effective immediatley for East Irongate Estates: Areas south of Irongate Reservoir/Copco Road, north of Ager/Beswick Road, west of Desavado Road and east of Snackenbury Creek

Copco Lake Area: Areas east of Jenny/Fall Creek, south of the Oregon State Line, north of Copco Road and west of Topsey Grade.

Update written at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday July 7:

Additional evacuation orders for Klamathon Fire are effective immediatley for Klamath River Community Estates – east of Black Mountain to Desavado Road, south of Copco Road to Ager Beswick Road.

Evacuation warnings for:

Pheasant Valley area, east of I-5, South of the Summit of Black Mountain, west of Ager and north of Yreka Ager Road.

Airport Road area, southwest of York Road, west of Airport Road north of Shelly Road and east of Ager Road

Bogus Creek area, south of Ager Beswick Road, east of York Road and west of Bogus Creek

Update written at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 7:

The Klamathon Fire is now at 21,803 acres with five percent containment and 15 confirmed structures destroyed. 560 structures remain threatened. Evacuation orders are for the communities of Hornbrook, Hilt, Colestin and Irongate Reservoir.

Evacuation centers are at Jackson Street Elementary School, 405 Jackson St, Yreka, CA 96097 and Ashland High School, 201 S Mountain Ave, Ashland, OR 97520.

According to Cal Fire, 750 people have been evacuated.

Numerous firefighting air tankers from throughout the state are flying fire suppression missions as conditions allow. On scene are a total of 1,083 personnel with 88 engines, 11 water tenders, 15 helicopters, 31 hand crews and 5 bulldozers.

Update written at 10:20 a.m. on Friday, July 6:

The Hornbrook Post Office, located at 15431 Hornbrook Road, has been temporarily closed due to mandatory evacuations issued by the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office.

Until the evacuations are lifted, Hornbrook postal customers can retrieve their mail and obtain retail services at the Yreka Post Office, located at 401 S. Broadway Street.

Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Original article written at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, July 6:

According to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office, one person has died in the Klamathon Fire.

Officials said the identification of the person is pending further investigation and notification to the next of kin.

The Klamathon Fire, burning off Klamathon Road and Copco Road, south of Hornbrook, has burned 8,000 acres and is 5 percent contained.

An evacuation order is in place for all of Hornbrook.

An evacuation shelter has been established at Jackson Street School in Yreka.

Large animals can be taken to the Siskiyou Fairgrounds.

As of 9:15 a.m. Friday, July 6, I-5 is open without escorts both northbound and southbound between Yreka and Ashland, Oregon.

Caltrans said fire and highway conditions could change at any time and motorists should expect heavy delays and slow moving traffic.




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