BLY, Ore. – A fire that started in rural Klamath County this past weekend continues to burn. The U.S. Forest Service said the Sycan River Fire was first reported Sunday afternoon around 2:30 about 20 miles north of Beatty. Since then, it’s grown to 650 acres with no containment.
While the fire is not contained, firefighters reportedly made great progress overnight with a line built around 80% of the fire. The South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership Type 3 management team took over management of the fire Monday morning. Firefighters are focusing on the south side of the forest Monday, to strengthen protection for nearby private lands.
A level 2 evacuation order remains in place for the Sycan Forest Estates. This means residents need to be prepared to leave immediately if needed.
People living in nearby Sycan Forest Estates are still being told they need to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice due to the proximity of the fire. The Red Cross has set up a temporary evacuation point in the Bly Area.
“We have a wide range of resources on it ranging from engines to fire crews, to dozers water tenders, we also have aerial resources that were really helpful yesterday in working on the fire,” said Tamara Schmidt, with the Fremont-Winema National Forest.
For the latest evacuation information, visit https://www.facebook.com/KlamathCountyGov.
The cause of the Sycan River Fire remains under investigation.