Klamath Basin News, Tuesday, July 30th – Wildfires Growing in Southern Oregon

Contributions from Paul Hanson at Wynne Broadcasting’s KFLS 1450AM/102.5FM and The Herald & News

TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2019

KLAMATH BASIN WEATHER

Today
Patchy smoke. Sunny, with a high near 86. West southwest winds 5 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Overnight low will be around 54 degrees.

Wednesday
Patchy smoke. Sunny, with a high near 86.

Thursday
Patchy smoke. Sunny, with a high near 86.

Friday
Sunny, with a high near 82.

Saturday
Sunny, with a high near 88.

Modoc County’s Tucker Fire now at 11,000 acres

ALTURAS — The Tucker Fire, started Sunday afternoon along the east side of Highway 139 near Dry Lake, was reported Monday evening at 11,000 acres.  Firefighters reported erratic fire behavior and activity in all areas of the fire.

The Tucker Fire is the largest and most recent wildfire this year on the Modoc National Forest. It and two other fires this year are suspected to have been unintentionally caused by people, including the Goose 2 and Rainbow fires.

The Modoc County Sheriff is currently contacting affected residents in the County Road 114/202, Coyote Butte, Horse Mountain area with a warning, but no evacuations have been ordered at this time. Affected residents will be contacted if an evacuation becomes necessary.

According to Jennifer Crites, Forest Prevention/Fire Information Officer of the U.S. Forest Service, the Harriette Fire was reported Sunday afternoon to our Northwest Coordination Center by a commercial plane.

The Harriette Fire is located in the Mountain Lakes Wilderness area near Harriette Lake on Klamath Ranger District, Fremont-Winema National Forest.

Today crews continue their efforts to suppress the Harriette Fire. The latest updated size is 8.4 acres. As of this morning all lines have held. Some intermittent interior torching has been observed. Crews have requested helicopters today for bucket work.

Resources on scene  include 8 Rappellers and two Type 2 Handcrews. 

The trails in the Sky Lake Wilderness remain open.  Managers ask forest visitors to use caution and avoid the area while fire resources are working to suppress this fire.

Area residents and visitors can report suspected wildfires by calling the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center at 541-947-6315.

Forest visitors are asked to be careful with fire and anything that can throw a spark. 

Woman charged in fatal crash

A Malin woman is facing criminally negligent homicide charges following a March collision that killed a Bly man.

Chelsea Ridenour, 29, was booked Monday at the Klamath County Jail on a warrant. She will be charged with criminally negligent homicide, reckless driving and two counts of reckless endangerment.

Downtown Klamath County Library Summer Reading Program

You’ve made Summer Reading Program 2019 a huge success, and to celebrate, we’re throwing a Summer Shindig! Join us Wednesday, August 7th at 10:30 am for games, crafts and prizes! It’ll be a festival of books, with “carnival booths” celebrating beloved book series.

We open the doors on Wednesdays at 10 am especially for the Summer Reading Program Family Performance Series, with games starting at 10:30 am. After the Shindig, join us for lunch across the street on the Klamath County courthouse lawn.

(Summer Reading Program is almost over! Your last day to redeem your “reading passports” for Summer Reading Program prizes is Saturday, August 31st.)

The Summer Shindig is for all ages, but those under 10 years old need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian, please. Adults must be accompanied by a child for admittance to the library during the Wednesday event.  For more information, stop by the Youth Services desk or call 541-882-8894.

…For complete details on these and other stories see today’s Herald & News.  Wynne Broadcasting and the Herald and News…stronger together to keep you informed

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