The fire was sparked by lightning last Wednesday. It is now almost 64,000 acres.
There is a mandatory evacuation for Tionesta.
The lava beds visitor center is threatened, and park superintendent Larry Whalon has evacuated.
“We’re doing everything we can to turn the switch off on this fire, but it is having behavior that we’ve not seen here in the lava beds,” said Whalon.
The Caldwell Fire is the largest of several fires in the ‘July complex’.
Evacuation orders are in place for some homes south of Tulelake and the Medicine Lake area.
Highway 97 (West) is currently closed at Highway 139. Highway 139 is open at this time.
The fire is 0% contained.
NBC5 News reporter Mariah Mills is a Medford native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism. She also minored in sociology.
In school, she covered Oregon athletics for the student-run television station, Duck TV. When she’s not reporting, she’s reading, hiking and rooting for her favorite teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks.