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 and no containment.
Fire personnel worked through the night on structure protection and fire suppression.
The local Type 3 Incident Management Team is managing the fire through tonight. A Type 1 Incident Management Team is enroute and will assume command on Thursday at 6 p.m.
A total of 260 structures are threatened and five structures have been confirmed lost to the blaze; one of which is a residence. All structures damaged are located on S. Poe Valley Road south of Beta Lane.
The following evacuations are in effect:
Level 3 (GO) – Crystal Springs Road east of Hill Road and South Poe Valley Road from Crystal Springs Road to Weber Road.
Level 2 (BE SET) – Harpold Road west to Hill Road North of Taylor Road, just north of the town Merrill.For up-to-date evacuation orders call- 541-205-9730. Weather: Significant fire potential remains elevated today due to the combination of high fire danger and hot, dry, and unstable weather. Holdover fires from yesterday’s lightning are likely to emerge.
|Current as of||Thu, 09/08/2022 - 06:44|
|Date of Origin|
|Incident Commander||ODF-Tyler McCarty|
42° 7' 56'' Latitude
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||0%|
ODF IMT 3 assumes command 9/8 @ 1800 hours
Significant fire potential remains elevated today due to the combination of high fire danger and hot, dry, and unstable weather. Holdover fires from yesterday’s lightning are likely to emerge.