Klamath Falls, Ore. – The potential for wildland fires in Lake and Klamath counties is now at ‘high’.
The Bryant Fire is burning in an area about 5 miles south of Bonanza.
“Total fire acreage is about 32 acres right now.” Explains Dennis Lee of the Oregon Department of Forestry. “Crews have been out yesterday, did a really good job getting a handle on it.”
The fire hits just as fire danger is being upgraded for Klamath and Lake counties.
“We bumped up to ‘high’ fire danger.” Notes Lee. “We’re into July and August, which is the meat of our fire season.”
In addition, Lee says high winds, low humidity, and warming temperatures have triggered a ‘red flag’ warning. “Red flag warning is really when the weather conditions are ripe for a fire to escape.”
Lee says fire lookout cameras and other technology are helping to provide an accurate picture of a wide area. “Comes from a variety of sources and websites, and basically gets filtered into a mapping system, and it’s kind of a one-stop shop.”
But Lee points out the fire on Bryant Mountain is a reminder that fire danger has reached a high level. “The fire danger is only going to go up from here.”
Investigators aren’t sure just what sparked the fire on Bryant Mountain.
It’s burning in an area where a fire burned four years ago.
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.