Klamath Falls, Ore. – Klamath and Lake counties will be going into ‘extreme’ fire danger starting Friday.
“Our fuel conditions are right on track.” Notes Randall Baley of the Oregon Department of Forestry. “We’re at extreme level now from our fine fuels all the way up to our heavy fuels.”
The recent rash of wildfires has kept fire fighters busy.
“Our resources have been spread a little bit thin.” Acknowledges ODF’s Jennifer Case. “That’s typical at this time of the year, and it’s going to continue through the summer.”
Remotely operated cameras on fire lookouts are being closely monitored. ‘
“All of our detection methods are in operation right now.” Baley points out. “Our detection center, our fixed wing aircraft, we’re looking 24 hours a day for lightning strikes.”
Fire crews are also stationed at strategic locations to allow for a quick response.
“We’re just patrolling the areas a little bit more, and making sure that folks are following the rules.” Adds Case.
People heading into the woods are asked to use extra caution.
“Follow the restrictions, regulated use.” Asks Baley. “No off road driving, smoking only in vehicles.”
Fire season began June 1st, and went to ‘high’ fire danger July 10th.
About a dozen lightning strikes sparked small fires in Klamath and Lake counties Wednesday afternoon.
Crews are watching for resulting ‘sleeper’ fires which are smoldering now, but may flare up later.
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.