The Ponina Fire on 04/18/2021

Ponina Fire burning near Beatty 10% contained

BEATTY, Ore. – A fire in Klamath County is continuing to grow. On Sunday, the Ponina Fire burned an estimated 1,200 acres while evacuations were conducted five miles north Beatty, Oregon.

By Monday the fire grew to 1,400 acres, but firefighters say they reportedly made good progress keeping it 10% contained. A local type 3 management team took over management of the fire Monday.

The US Forest Service said evacuation levels dropped to “Level 2” and residents can return if they want. But they should be prepared to leave if conditions change. The Oregon Department of Forestry says a large fire in April isn’t normal, but the dry climate plays a big role.

“I urge the public and folks that are out there to be vigilant be safe, burn when it’s appropriate when high winds are coming in its not the time to be burning, and make sure you have those resources you need to put out a fire,” said Jennifer Case, Oregon Department of Forestry.

Case says smoke is still highly visible in the area. Those traveling on Highway 140 and the surrounding area are asked to use caution due to increased traffic in the area. Right now the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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