Four structures destroyed, nearly 500 threatened in fire burning near Lake & Klamath Counties

LAKE COUNTY, Ore — Firefighters continue to make progress on the Fox Complex fire burning in Lake and Klamath counties since last Friday.

The Fox Complex is made up of the Patton Meadow fire in Lakeview, and the Willow Valley fire near Bonanza. The fires combined are burning about 6,230 acres and is 50% contained.

Firefighters worked overnight Saturday to strengthen lines on the west and south sides of the Patton Meadow fire. The Willow Valley fire is holding at about 824 acres with no growth according to the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership.

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“We are all working a full shift, ” John Pellissier, Operations Section Chief with Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3, said in a video update Sunday morning. “There’s a lot of people doing great things and we’ll just try our best to keep this fire in the perimeter.”

Governor Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act Friday in response to the fire, which deploys resources from the Office of the State Fire Marshall.

Residents living near the fires are urged to sign up for the state’s OR-alert system for evacuation notices. People can text the three keywords “Patton Meadow Fire” to 888777.

Evacuation orders remain in place as of Sunday:

Anthony Carter is a reporter for NBC5 News. He grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2019. Anthony started his career as a print journalist, covering New York sports and the NBA Draft. He then started his own sports podcast and website covering the Arena Football League. Anthony moved to the Rogue Valley in 2019 as a news producer before joining the NBC5 News family. Anthony likes to workout at the gym, play basketball, and root for his Atlanta Hawks and New York Jets. Want to connect with Anthony? send him an email: [email protected]
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