KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Smoke from the Klamathon Fire is making it all the way to Klamath Falls and beyond.
As of noon Monday, Mount Shasta was still visible from Klamath Falls, but a shift of wind can change that quickly.
“The Klamathon fire is bringing a lot of smoke into our area,” said Jim Carey, Air Quality Specialist with the Klamath County Health Department.
Ramona Quinn of Klamath County Environmental Health added that conditions are being monitored closely. “We’ve had a few times when we have been in the ‘unhealthy for sensitive groups’ categories.”
Sheriff Chris Kaber said a small corner of Klamath County is under a Level 1 evacuation notice. “It’s in Jackson County now as near as we can tell, we only have five residences that we need to concern ourselves about today.”
Sheriff Kaber said a forest contract deputy has been assigned to the area. He added, “However, in this case, we think there’s a lot of natural barriers it would have to cross to actually threaten any residences in Klamath County.”
But, Ramona Quinn pointed out that smoke from the fire could pose a threat to some people. “Young people, people over 65, people with heart conditions, people with asthma.”
You can find out air quality conditions in your area here: oregonsmoke.blogspot.com
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.