Fire crews tend to the Algoma Fire

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Sat, July 5 2014 at 6:00 PM, Updated: Sat, July 5 2014 at 10:52 PM

Klamath County, Ore -- The Algoma Fire has now blackened nearly 60 acres about 6 miles north of Klamath Falls.

The fire was sparked at about 9:30 Friday night, and quickly grew out of control.

Fire suppression efforts have resulted in some traffic delays on highway 97.

One home was evacuated Friday night as a precaution. 

Over 200 fire fighters have been called in to help put out the fire.

The Algoma fire is 5 % contained at this time.

The cause of the fire  is under investigation.

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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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