[UPDATE 11:33 a.m.: One Confirmed Dead] Klamathon Fire Burns Multiple Structures; CHP Escorting Drivers on I-5
Cal Fire states the blaze which started yesterday is now at 8,000 acres with only 5% contained overnight. (For the latest information on evacuations and shelters, click here.) Personnel are still evaluating the destruction so far.
CHP-Yreka posted on their Facebook page last night at 11:44 p.m., “Swift destruction of the fire has left many without a home for a few nights and some permanently. I can only hope all have made it out a live.”
Last night, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency for Siskiyou County where the Klamathon broke out yesterday.
However, the cooler overnight temperatures and the direction of the wind has allowed the California Highway Patrol to open I-5 to escorted traffic in both directions. CHP-Yreka said on their Facebook post this morning at 6:06 a.m.,
We are trying to open the freeway at 0630 hours for through traffic only. The communities of Hornbrook and Hilt are still under evacuation orders and no one can exit the freeway into those areas. CHP will be conducting escorts in the beginning to keep the flow of traffic slow due to the presence of firefighters still in the area. Please do not try to circumvent the closure by using Ager Road or SR 263/96, there are hard closures still in effect. As a community, we extend our condolences to all those who have lost everything to this fire.
However, Caltrans District 2 warned at 6:20 a.m., “Although winds are picking back up, the fire is moving away from freeway at this time. But anything can change any minute.”
Below are some scenes from the #KlamathonFire.
— Mark G. Dibelka (@mdibelka) July 6, 2018
— Caltrans District 2 (@CaltransD2) July 6, 2018
— Mark G. Dibelka (@mdibelka) July 5, 2018
— Tim Walton (@Photo1Prod) July 6, 2018
— Oregon DOT (@OregonDOT) July 6, 2018
— John-Haydn 🎮🤘🏻🖖🏻 (@thatjohnevans) July 6, 2018
UPDATE 9:50 a.m.: Cal Fire SKU tweeted, “CAL FIRE and the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed a civilian fatality. Identification of the deceased is pending further investigation and notification to the next of kin.”
UPDATE 10:18 a.m.: The CHP Traffic Incident Information Page reports, “I5 NB NOW OPEN – NO RESTRICTIONS.”
UPDATE 11:33 a.m.: Caltrans District 2 tweeted, “Interstate 5 is now OPEN without escort between Yreka and Ashland in the area of the
#KlamathonFire . THIS IS FOR THROUGH TRAFFIC ONLY. Highway and fire conditions can change at any time. DUE to downed fences, please watch for livestock. EXPECT MAJOR DELAYS”
UPDATE 11:35 a.m.: Merv George, Jr., Forest Supervisor at U.S. Forest Service- Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, posted on Facebook, “On a sad note…one CalFire fire engine got burned over with one firefighter injured…Weather is expected to be hot and windy today.”
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