On Thursday, August 12, thunderstorm activity, including dry lightning, in Klamath and Lake Counties resulted in two new large fires that the agencies of the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) are actively fighting.
The Patton Meadow Fire was reported just before 3:30 p.m. and was caused by lightning. The fire is estimated to be 7,000 acres. The fire is burning approximately 10 miles west of Lakeview in Lake County on the Fremont-Winema National Forest Lakeview District and Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) protected state and private lands.
For the Patton Meadow Fire, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management has identified areas for Level 3 (Go Now), Level 2 (Get Set) and Level 1 (Be Ready) in the fire area.
Lake County Evacuations
All Evacuations have been lifted as of 10:32am on Monday, August 23rd, 2021
The emergency closure area for the Bootleg Fire on the Fremont-Winema National Forest includes all of the Patton Meadow Fire area and is especially important in the area for public and firefighter safety. The order is formally referenced as Closure Order Number 06-02-21-08.
Violations of the prohibitions are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both.
The Willow Valley Fire was reported just before 4 p.m. on August 12 and was caused by dry lightning. The fire is estimated to be 774 acres. The fire is burning 16 miles southeast of Bonanza in Klamath County, mostly on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lakeview District lands north of the Stateline, as well as part of the Modoc National Forest to the south. ODF protected lands are threatened.
There are no evacuation orders in place for the Willow Valley Fire. However, residents in the Willow Valley Reservoir area should be monitoring the fire and prepared to evacuate if necessary.
With ongoing extreme fire danger and fuel conditions, even a small spark can quickly grow to become a large wildfire. Everyone is asked to be careful with anything that could spark a wildfire and to report suspected wildfires immediately by calling 911.
Area residents and visitors are reminded that Public Use Restrictions are in effect throughout the SCOFMP area. Please visit www.scofmp.org to verify the restrictions for the landscape you plan to work or recreate on. Everyone is asked to be careful with anything that could spark a wildfire and to report suspected wildfires immediately by calling 911.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Thursday August 12th, 2021 approx. 03:30 PM|
|Location||10 miles W of Lakeview, OR|
|Incident Commander||ODF IMT 3 Smith OSFM Blue Magers|
|Coordinates||42.21 latitude, -120.599 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
As of 08:00 August 28th, a local Type 4 Incident Management Team assumed management of the Patton Meadow Fire. Acres burned represents Patton Meadow at 8,930 and 95% containment and Willow Valley at 824 acres and 95% containment. Willow Valley Fire will transition back to the local ODF District Saturday morning, August 21st, 2021
A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 2PM to 10PM Tuesday for the
combination of northwest winds gusting 25 to 30 mph and afternoon
humidity as low as 10%. Northerly winds on Wednesday could gust 20 to 25
mph with afternoon humidity once again dropping near 10%.