The Klamathon Fire slowed its pace somewhat on Saturday, especially in Oregon, as shifting winds pushed the blaze back toward California.
The fire is now 22,000 acres with 20 percent containment, fire officials said in a Saturday night report.
All evacuation levels remain in effect in the Mount Ashland and Colestin area, just south of Ashland along the state line.
However, the fire continues to spread into the timberland of Klamath and Rogue River-Siskiyou national forests.
The fire has destroyed 72 structures, killed one person and injured two firefighters. It is now threatening 810 additional structures, the report said.
There are 2,300 firefighters working the blaze.
For more details on specific local evacuations, see CalFire’s incident page.
Here’s a briefing from the two fire teams.
(See video of the fire below)
KLAMATHON FIRE – Afternoon update from CAL FIRE IMT4 and Oregon Department of Forestry with a map and descriptions of current fire activity. #KlamathonFire @ORDeptForestry @CAL_FIRE pic.twitter.com/PBc6P2iScw
— CAL FIRE SKU (@CALFIRESKU) July 7, 2018
Time lapse courtesy of Cal Fire.
#KlamathonFire [update] off Klamathon Road and Copco Road, south of Hornbrook (Siskiyou County) is now 21,803 acres and 5% contained. Evacuations in effect. Unified Command: CAL FIRE Siskiyou Unit, Siskiyou County Sheriff Department, @Oregon Department of Forestry http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/2108
Posted by CAL FIRE on Saturday, July 7, 2018
UPDATE at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 7
The Klamathon Fire more than doubled in size Friday night, roaring to 21,800 acres on the Oregon and California border.
The blaze showed “extreme fire behavior with movement in multiple directions” and has spread across the border in Oregon, according to Saturday morning’s report.
The fire has already destroyed 40 structures and killed one person. Now, it’s threatening another 350 homes, including around Colestin, Oregon, and Mount Ashland Ski Area.
Approximately 750 people have been evacuated, officials said.
Interstate 5 has been reopened, but remains threatened by the fire, officials said.
A level 3 evacuation — meaning “go now” — has been issued for Colestin Road and Highway 99, from the California border to Mt. Ashland Ski Road in Oregon.
A level 2 evacuation — meaning “get set to go” — has been issued for the Mt. Ashland Ski Road from the ski resort to Highway 99, and Highway 99 from Mt. Ashland Ski Road to the 6700-block.
— Warren Hedges (@palimpfest) July 6, 2018
Officials are projecting fire to spread into nearby forestlands, including the Cascade-Siskiyou National Forest and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Oregon.
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The fire began Thursday afternoon around Hornbrook, Calif., and quickly grew with high winds and dry conditions, shutting down I-5 for almost 24 hours.
There are now 1,083 firefighters working the blaze, including 88 fire engines and 31 helicopters.
The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s office confirmed a civilian fatality from the fire on Friday but declined to identify the person while they notify next of kin.
In a Facebook interview with the Redding Record Searchlight, the sheriff’s office said the person who died during the fire was found inside a building and investigators are trying to determine the manner of death.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s office issued a warning to hikers and people considering outdoor recreation near the border to avoid the area due to rapidly changing fire conditions.
Specific areas include the Pacific Crest Trail, Mount Ashland and the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.
Due to the remote location of the areas of concern, officials said people may not receive notices to evacuate with enough time to do so.
Hot conditions and high winds were again expected to cause rapid expansion to the fire perimeter on Friday.