Fire managers have analyzed fuel conditions and weather data and have determined that the risk of wildfire on the Klamath National Forest is on the increase beginning with the Memorial Day holiday weekend. 
Below normal rainfall and snow pack for the year has resulted in drier vegetation conditions that are three to five weeks ahead of normal. 
The Klamath experienced 92 wildfires in 2008. This year, the Forest Service is emphasizing early and frequent communication with partners and local communities in order to incorporate local input into decisions that are based on safety, property and natural resource protection, and the threat posed by potential wildfires.
The Forest Service says its fire managers will continue to fight unwanted wildfire aggressively after having provided for firefighter safety. “While successful initial attack is important, preparedness and prevention on the part of homeowners, communities and firefighting agencies are the most effective means of protecting life and property from wildfire,”?according to a press release from the KNF. 
For information about how to provide defensible space around your property, contact your local Forest Service or CAL FIRE office.
The risk of human-caused fires on the forest can be diminished by taking the proper safety precautions. 
It’s suggested that you check the weather forecast before visiting the forest, let someone know your itinerary and be extremely careful with campfires. Have a shovel available and clear all flammable material away from the fire ring for a minimum of five feet.  Extinguish all campfires with water.