Wildfires have made for a very busy week at the Klamath Falls Interagency Fire Center.
Dispatch Coordinator Jake Barnett has been busy putting out fires...
"It can get pretty intense when you have multiple incidents going on. A lot of it is the initial getting the resources out to the fire itself."
Things were hopping Tuesday afternoon. Fire crews were leaving one fire in Chiloquin for another fire in the Cold Springs area. Burnett notes that Cold Springs fire is still active...
"Cold Springs as of right now, is an actively burning fire - we're looking at right around 10 acres."
A map in the dispatch center shows where the fires are burning, and which resources have been assigned to those fires.
Anne Maloney of the Oregon Department of Forestry says that a lightning storm can spark a lot of activity at the fire center...
"The can have 50 to 100 smoke reports in one or two days."
But, Jake Barnett likes that adrenaline rush. "Thing I like most out of it is, just the, one minute you're doing nothing, the next minute you're extremely busy."
The fire center is located at Kingsley Field next to the tanker base. And Barnett stresses that he's just a small part of a much bigger team.
"Working with the individuals on the ground, you have a common goal to suppress a fire. And, you're making sure everybody gets home safe."
The Klamath Falls Interagency Fire Center is now in its thirtieth year.
You'll find a wealth of information on fire activity on their website: