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Van Meter Fire

Unit Information

Klamath-Lake District - Oregon Department of Forestry
3200 DeLap Road
Klamath Falls, OR 97601

Incident Contact

Fire Information
Phone: 541-363-8140
Hours: 7 am to 7 pm

LAKEVIEW, Ore. — The Van Meter Fire is burning on Stukel Mountain, 13 miles southeast of Klamath Falls. The fire was reported on September 7, 2022, at 12:24 p.m. Current size estimate is 3,500 acres with no containment.  

An Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire at 6 P.M. on September 8, 2022.  Additional resources continue to arrive to support suppression operations. Firefighters have made significant progress on the fire, limiting growth with safe, aggressive firefighting. 
Structural task forces are working with Klamath County Fire Department 1 and the Merrill Fire Department to provide structure protection within the fire area.  Evacuations are in place and the public is asked to stay out of the area for safety of the firefighters and to allow for suppression activities.  The Bureau of Land Management has issued a closure order for lands around the fire.   

Weather:  Significant fire potential remains elevated today due to the combination of high fire danger and hot, dry, and unstable weather. Holdover fires from recent lightning may emerge. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginWednesday September 07th, 2022 approx. 12:30 PM
Location13 miles SE of Klamath Falls, OR
Incident CommanderODF-Tyler McCarty
Coordinates42.133 latitude, -121.579 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel349
Size2,639 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained99%
Estimated Containment DateMonday September 19th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (grass and understory) Predominate fuels are timber, cry climate brush and juniper, and agricultural grass and products.

Significant Events



Planned Actions

Type 1 ODF IMT3 will transfer command September 15 to Type 4 IMT.

Projected Incident Activity

Fire behavior is expected to be minimal due to lower temperatures and humidity.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Fire weather concerns are lower than usual over the next several days due to cooler and more humid conditions.

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