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Fire Travel Updates

Last Updated:  9/24/2020, 11:00 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.

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS

If all else fails and you would like local assistance with travel plans, road conditions, and more, contact the Discover Klamath office at (541) 882-1501 or email Info@DiscoverKlamath.com   We may or may not be able to help, but, we can certainly try.

ROAD CLOSURES & CONDITIONS
  • Highway 97:   Open and no delays, MP 244-241.  Use caution in this area as it was affected by a fire and there may be hazardous trees and vegetation.
  • OR-422:  Open, but use caution as there is a wildfire in the area.
  • Highway 62:  MP 95-103, Open, but use caution as there is a wildfire in the area.  Fire crews are still working in the area.
  • Modoc Point Road:  Expect congestion and delays due to wildfire response and restoration of roads, utilities, and private property.
  • OR-138:  Open, but use caution as there is a wildfire in the area.  Traffic controlled by pilot car from 8 am to 8 pm, MP 21-83.
  • Highway 140:  Open and no delays.
  • Highway 66:  Open and no delays.
  • Highway 139:  Open and no delays.
  • OR-230:  Open and no delays.
  • OR-58:  Open and no delays
STATUS OF FIRES IMPACTING OUR REGION
TWO FOUR TWO FIRE

Area Impacted:  Chiloquin, OR to Fort Klamath, OR
Number of Acres Burned:  14,473
Containment:  95%
MORE INFO

SOUTH OBENCHAIN FIRE

Area Impacted:  Eagle Point, OR
Number of Acres Burned:  32,671
Containment:  85%
MORE INFO

GRIZZLY CREEK

Area Impacted:  Medford, OR
Number of Acres Burned:  323
Containment:  100%

ALMEDA FIRE

Area Impacted: Ashland, OR to Phoenix, OR
Number of Acres Burned:  3,200
Containment:  100%

BRATTAIN FIRE

Area Impacted:  Paisley, OR
Number of Acres Burned:  50,951
Containment:  90%
MORE INFO

THIESLEN FIRE

Area Impacted:  Diamond Lake, OR
Number of Acres Burned:  9,971
Containment:  30%

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.

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