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Fire Travel Updates

At this time the Klamath Region is experiencing unprecedented fire activity which may impact your travel plans, including lodging/overnight accommodations, recreational activities and more. We have constructed this page to share fire and travel updates regularly, as well as to provide resource links to help you know if your trip is likely to be impacted and if so whom to contact to help you adjust travel plans in real time so trip plans can be salvaged.

Information updated as of 8:30 am, September 15, 2021.

ROAD CLOSURES & CONDITIONS

STATUS OF FIRES IMPACTING OUR REGION
COUGAR PEAK FIRE

Area Impacted: Klamath Falls and Lakeview, OR
Number of Acres Burned:  87,019 acres
Containment:  6%
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ANTELOPE FIRE

Area Impacted: Tennant, CA
Number of Acres Burned:  145,110 acres
Containment:  70%
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FOX COMPLEX FIRE

Area Impacted: Hwy 140 E – Lakeview, OR
Number of Acres Burned:  9,754 acres
Containment:  100%
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JACK FIRE

Area Impacted: Hwy 138, Crater Lake, OR
Number of Acres Burned:  23,990 acres
Containment:  55%
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ROUGH PATCH COMPLEX

Area Impacted: Hwy 138, Crater Lake, OR
Number of Acres Burned:  47,215 acres
Containment:  36%
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DEVIL’S KNOB COMPLEX

Area Impacted: Crater Lake, OR (smoke impact)
Number of Acres Burned:  65,766 acres
Containment:  40%
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RESOURCES
  1. For Information on locations and status of fires:
    1. InciWeb
    2. NW Interagency Coordination Center
    3. Esri Disaster Response
    4. Oregon State’s Real Time Planning Map
  2. For information on Smoke Conditions and Air Quality throughout the Region:
    1. Travel Southern Oregon Air Quality Dashboard
    2. Oregon Smoke Blog
    3. DEQ’s Air Quality Advisories
  3. For Road / Traffic Conditions:
    1. Trip Check
    2. Oregon Department of Transportation
    3. California Transportation Department
  4. To view current wind conditions www.windy.com
  5. Tips for preventing human-caused wildfires:  Keep Oregon Green
  6. Oregon Wildfire Resources:  find statewide resources and news here
DRIVING TIPS COURTESY OF ODOT (Oregon Department of Transportation)

If you are driving and encounter heavy smoke here are some steps you can take to help stay safe.

  • Slow down and stay alert. Slow driving gives you more time to respond to unexpected conditions.
  • Turn on your headlights. Even during daylight hours your headlights will help others on the road see you. Use low-beams as high-beams reflect off the moisture in the air and cause glare.
  • Use fog lights. If you have them, fog lights can help cut through the smoke.
  • Check your entire route before setting out. Conditions may be very different at your destination.
  • Find an alternate route. Fire is wildly unpredictable, especially in high winds. If at all possible find a route that takes you away from fires.
  • Keep plenty of space between you and other vehicles. Visibility, of course, decreases in smoke so maintain a safe stopping distance between you and the vehicle up front.
  • If visibility becomes too dangerous to continue, pull off to the side of the road as soon as safely possible.
  • Never stop in a travel lane. Look for a safe area completely off the road if possible and turn off all lights, including flashers, until it’s safe to continue.
  • Don’t tailgate. Keep a steady, reliable pace. Remember that everyone else on the road is in the same fix you’re in. They’re counting on you to help show the way.
  • Roll up the windows. Set your fan to recirculate.
  • Have your car ready before you go. Make sure you have a full gas tank before leaving and your vehicle is in good condition. Have water, food, and medications with you – and for any pets you bring.