The 'Barry Point' fire burning about 80 miles east of Klamath Falls has doubled in size over the past three days. The fire has now burned 29,000 acres, which works out to over 45 square miles.
Fire Information Officer Hallie Rasmussen says that so far, firefighters have been able to prevent any homes from being lost to the fire. "Currently, we have about 50 structures that are in the area, that are under threat."
Most of the home owners in the Drews Reservoir area have been evacuated. Crews were busy this morning mopping up from a fresh burn only a few hundred yards from a home.
Two miles inside the fire line, some areas look like a moonscape. Stumps are still burning, and the fire is consuming fresh timber on a nearby hillside.
Suppression efforts have been hampered by late afternoon winds that pick up and spread the fire quickly.
However, E. Lynn Burkett of the Bureau of Land Management adds that "Wind can be a double-edge sword. On one instance, it can help us clear out this valley a little bit so that we can get aircraft in. Right now, it's too smoky to bring in a lot of our really good aircraft in."
There are now over 1200 firefighters working on the Barry Point fire, which has grown big enough to merit having its own t-shirt.
The cost of suppression efforts on the Barry Fire are quickly approaching $5,000,000.
Crews are hoping for possible containment of the fire by Tuesday, August 21st.