Last Updated: 10/13/2020, 9:00 AM.
This week the Klamath Region is experiencing unprecidented fire activity which may impact your travel plans, including lodging/overnight accomodations, 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.
STATUS OF FIRES IMPACTING OUR REGION
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.