Klamathon Fire update describes 'extreme fire behavior'

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
After the winds changed direction overnight, Allison Titus took this photograph from the summit of Mt. Eddy Saturday morning, July 7, 2018, showing Black Butte and Mt. Shasta and the smoke that moved into the area from the Klamathon Fire.

A Klamathon Fire incident update from Saturday morning, July 7, showed the fire in far northern California at close to 22,000 acres, up from 9,600 acres reported during a press conference Friday evening in Yreka:

The CAL FIRE incident update states: "Extreme fire behavior with movement in multiple directions. There is a high potential for spread into the Klamath National Forest, Rogue River - Siskiyou National Forest and Jackson County, OR, as well as private timber lands. The fire continues to burn to the East, Northeast, Northwest and West threatening the communities of Hornbrook, CA; Hilt, CA; and Colestin, OR. Approximately 350 homes are immediately threatened in the communities of Hornbrook, Hilt, Colestin and Irongate Reservoir, and approximately 750 people have been evacuated. Natural and cultural resources are threatened on the Klamath National Forest and the Rouge River-Siskiyou National Forest. Threatened and endangered species habitat are threatened on the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and Soda Mountain Wilderness. CAL FIRE Black Mountain Repeater and Verizon cellular towers on Horn Peak are currently threatened. Interstate 5 was reopened on 7/6/18 but remains threatened. Private timber land on the west side of the incident is currently threatened. The Yreka Western Railroad is currently threatened."

Evacuation orders have been issued for the communities of Hornbrook, Hilt, Colestin and Irongate Reservoir.

Evacuation warnings have been issued for east of the Yreka Western Railroad to Iron Gate Reservoir and south to Copco/Ager and North to the CA/OR State line; and Klamath River Estates, east of Black Mountain to Desavado Road, south of Copco Road to Ager Beswick Road.

Evacuation centers have been established at Jackson Street Elementary School, 405 Jackson St. in Yreka and Ashland High School, 201 S. Mountain Ave. in Ashland, Ore.

Road closures listed: Ager Rd at Klamathon Road, Ager Rd at Shelly, Copco Rd at Ager Road, Klamathon Road at I5, Ditch Creek Road at I5.

For more information about the Klamathon Fire and other fires in California,