Klamath Falls, Ore. – Monday, June 10th will mark the start of fire season in Klamath and Lake Counties.
The fire season declaration was sparked by drying fuels, and warmer conditions.
“Going into the first of next week, rapid warm-up.” Explains Randall Baley of the Oregon Department of Forestry. “Looking at temperatures in the mid to upper 80’s, maybe the low 90’s by middle of the week – so it’s time to go into fire season.”
Fire crews have already been on several fires, and they’re getting ready for more.
“Right now, this is our peak preparation.” Baley notes. “We’ve got 40 seasonal fire fighters, and our detection operation’s actually starting to come on Monday.”
The fire season declaration triggers restrictions on debris burning and timber operations.
Additional regulations and closures will go into effect in the Klamath River Canyon area.
“It’s going to be summer, and warm and dry.” Baley summarized. “And let’s have a safe and quiet summer.”
Fire season has already been declared in Jackson and Josephine Counties, with restrictions put in place June 1st.
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.