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Klamathon Fire 45 percent contained at 36,500 acres burned

The Klamathon Fire burning in Siskiyou County has consumed 36,500 acres and is 45 percent contained by firefighters as of Tuesday morning, July 10, according to Cal Fire.

Full containment is expected by July 15. The fire began on July 5 at around 12:31 p.m. as a vegetation fire near Hornbrook. The cause is still under investigation.

There have been three reported firefighter injuries and one civilian death as a result of the Klamathon Fire. Additionally, 82 structures have been destroyed, 12 have been damaged and 1,036 are currently threatened.

Cal Fire said good overnight humidity Monday night allowed firefighters to increase the containment level and that moderate fire behavior will threaten areas in Jackson County, Ore. as winds pick up in the afternoon Tuesday. The agency said the southern flank of the fire should hold north of the Klamath River and in Hornbrook and that a completed line on the east flank will mitigate the threat to Iron Gate Reservoir Estates. Fire activity will be therefore isolated to the north and northeast flanks, Cal Fire said.

Evacuation orders are in effect for the communities of Hornbrok and the Copco Lake area, including areas east of Jenny/Fall Creek, south of the Oregon state line, north of Copco Road and west of Topsey Grade. Evacuation warnings are in effect for Oregon residents at three levels: Level 1 "Be Ready," Level 2 "Be Set" and Level 3 "Go." That information can be found here.

An evacuation center is located at Jackson Street Elementary School at 405 Jackson Street in Yreka. For animal evacuations, small animals can be taken to Jackson Street Elementary and large animals can be taken to Siskiyou County Fairgrounds at 1712 Fairlane Road in Yreka.

Currently there are 208 fire engines, 27 water tenders, 18 helicopters, 88 hand crews, 29 dozers and 2,798 total personnel battling the Klamathon fire. Cal Fire says numerous firefighting air tankers from throughout California and Oregon are flying fire suppression missions as conditions allow.

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