Level 3 evacuations issued for Cutoff Fire in Klamath

KLAMATH CO., Ore. — UPDATED AT 9:45 P.M.

The fire is now estimated to be approximately 1,000 acres and rapidly spreading to the southeast. There are numerous resources assigned to the fire and on order. At this time approximately 125 structures are threatened. Residents in the area should monitor current evacuation status as this incident progresses.
Current evacuation notices are in effect until 6:02 P.M. on June 20, 2021.
Level 3 (GO NOW)
Area east of Bly Mountain Cutoff Road, North to Grizzly Lane, West of Hummingbird Drive and South to Keno Springs Road.
Level 2 (GET SET)
Areas East of Bly Mountain Cutoff Road, North to Keno Springs Road, West of Forest Service Road 3812, South three miles.
Level 1 (GET READY)
Areas east of Bly Mountain Cutoff Road, North to HWY 140 and Kingfisher Drive, West of Hummingbird Drive, South to Grizzly Lane.
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UPDATED AT 5:49 P.M.

More evacuations have been ordered for the Cutoff Fire burning on private and BLM land.

Level 3 (GO NOW)

East of Bly Mountain Cutoff Rd, North to Grizzly Ln, West of Hummingbird Dr, and South to Keno Springs Road.

Level 2 (GET SET)

East of Bly Mountain Cutoff Rd, North to Keno Springs Rd, West of Forest Service Rd 3812, South three miles.

Level 1 (GET READY)

East of Bly Mountain Cutoff Rd, North to Hwy 140 and Kingfisher Dr, West of Hummingbird Dr, South to Grizzly Ln.

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UPDATED AT 4:51 P.M.

The Cutoff Fire is currently burning on private, and BLM protected land approximately 6 miles north of Bonanza. The fire was reported at 1:30 p.m.

The fire is approximately 100 acres and rapidly spreading to the east, towards the Wren subdivision, with the majority of the fire on BLM lands. The fire cause is under investigation. There are multiple air and wildland resources working on the fire.

At this time approximately 120 structures are threatened.  Residents in the area should monitor current evacuation status as this incident progresses.

At the request of the Fire Incident Commander, Klamath County Emergency Management has issued a Level 3 (GO NOW) evacuation for the area east of Bly Mountain Cutoff Road, between Jaguar Lane/ Racoon Lane and Spaniel Lane/ Crocodile Lane, west of Thrasher Drive. Klamath County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Search and Rescue Volunteers are in the process of evacuating affected residents.

A structure task force form Klamath County has been ordered.  The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) Type 3 Incident Management Team has also been ordered.

For the latest evacuation information, visit https://www.facebook.com/KlamathCountyGov.  To sign up for Klamath County alerts, visit http://www.klamathcounty.org/300/Emergency-Management—Sheriffs-Office.com

American Red Cross along with Klamath County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is in the process of setting up an evacuation point at Bonanza High School. 31601 Mission St, Bonanza, OR 97623.

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ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

On Saturday, June 19 an Emergency Alert was issued for Klamath County effective through 10:17 P.M.

A Klamath ODF spokesperson said due to a fast moving wildfire, all residents East of Bly Mountain Cutoff between Jaguar Ln./Raccoon Ln. and Spaniel Ln./Crocodile Ln., West of Thrasher Drive are urged to evacuate immediately. Here’s what we know about the fire causing Level 3 evacuations in Klamath County: It is being called the Cutoff Fire and it’s burning roughly 6 miles north of Bonanza. The Klamath ODF spokesperson says it’s burning to the east.
More information will follow as we learn new details.

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