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Ferguson fire burning near Beatty

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Fri, July 25 2014 at 8:00 PM, Updated: Fri, July 25 2014 at 11:49 PM

Beatty, Ore. - The 'Ferguson' fire has blackened nearly 200 acres in Klamath County.

The fire broke out shortly after noon in the Ferguson Mountain area.

Bob Dillon of the Beatty Community Action Team says the fire is burning in a sparsely populated area about 5 miles northeast of Beatty...

"There's probably half a dozen families back in there, and the composition - it's pretty rough terrain back in there.  It's all dirt roads, people are pretty spread out."

Sheriff's deputies have been warning those families to be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice.

At least one outbuilding has been lost, and several other structures are threatened. 

Crews have been busy fighting the fire from the air, and on the ground.

Smoke from the fire was visible from nearly 30 miles away.

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation...and ground crews are still working to get a line around the fire.

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About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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