CHILOQUIN, OR – The Two Four Two Fire was discovered this evening north of Collier Springs on the Fremont-Winema National Forest Chiloquin Ranger District.
The fire is wind-driven, with short range spotting to the south and growing rapidly this evening. The fire is now burning on both sides of U.S. Highway 97 with extreme fire behavior. The fire has moved nearly 3 miles from its initial reported location near Williamson River Campground, moving to the south-southwest.
It is currently estimated to be more than 1,000 acres with no containment. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
Currently there are 20 engines, 2 handcrews and 5 dozers assigned to the fire. Additional resources have been ordered.
U.S. Highway 97 is currently closed between the intersection with State Highway 422 North and South Chiloquin Road, north to Forest Road 9732 at Oux Kanee Overlook. The Oregon State Police and Oregon Department of Transportation are handling the road closure.
Klamath County Sheriff’s Office and local fire departments are conducting evacuations in the area. Collier State Park was evacuated earlier this evening.
There is a Level 3 Evacuation for Collier State Park and residents to the west of the State Park, as well as residents in Woodland Park. Most of the residents in the area have been evacuated.
There is a Level 2 Evacuation notice in place for Oregon State Highway 422 North between Highway 97 and Oregon State Highway 62, as well as for Highway 62 between mileposts 94 and 98 – from the intersection with Highway 422 North to the State Fish Hatchery. Residents in this area should be prepared to evacuate quickly if notified.
There is a Level 1 Evacuation notice south of Highway 422 North to the junction of Highways 97 and 62 south of Chiloquin. Residents in this area should be monitoring the situation and taking measures to prepare for evacuation.
The Red Cross is establishing an evacuation center at Kla-Mo-Ya south of Chiloquin. There is not a number set up for the evacuation center yet. Evacuees or those with questions are advised to not call 911 unless it is an emergency, but instead go to Kla-Mo-Ya in person.
The local South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) Type 3 Team will be take management of the fire at 6 a.m.
The Red Flag Warning in effect today expires at 11 p.m. However, there is still a Red Flag Warning in the area tomorrow from 10 a.m. to midnight for strong gusty winds and low relative humidity.