Siskiyou Co. Sheriff’s Office issues evacuation orders for the Head Fire


Updated: 8/15 9:05 pm.

ZONE SIS-1233 (South of Forest Route 44n04) has been upgraded to an Evacuation Order.

The following the zones are newly under evacuation warning:

ZONE SIS-1313 (South of Forest Route 45n19)

ZONE SIS-1316 (West of Wrights Lake Road)

SISKIYOU COUNTY, Ore. -The Head Fire has increased in intensity and rate of spread and has been spotted across the Klamath River due to thunderstorm downdrafts in the area.

Due to fire activity on the Head Fire, the sheriff’s office is issuing an EVACUATION ORDER: PLEASE LEAVE THE FOLLOWING AREAS IMMEDIATELY.

For the following zone(s):

ZONE SIS-1236 (south of Hamburg)

ZONE SIS-1120 (East of Horse Creek Road)

ZONE SIS-1117 (South of California Highway-96)

ZONE SIS-1007 (North of California Highway-96)

ZONE SIS-1233 (South of Forest Route 44n04)

There are evacuation warnings in place for the following zones:

ZONE SIS-1004 (North of Highway 96)

ZONE SIS-1114 (North of Grider Ridger, China Grade Road)

ZONE SIS-1230A (North of Elk Creek Road)

ZONE SIS-1230B (South of Cougar Creek)

ZONE SIS-2001 (South of Scott River Road, Scott Bar Mountain Lookout Road)

ZONE SIS-2004 (North of Scott River Road)

ZONE SIS-2007 (North of Fort Jones Road)

ZONE SIS-3502 (North of Hi-You Gulch Road, Mcadam Creek Road)

ZONE SIS-1123 (South of Highway 96)

ZONE SIS-1010 (North of Highway 96)

ZONE SIS-1313 (South of Forest Route 45n19)

ZONE SIS-1316 (West of Wrights Lake Road)

The Head Fire has been reported on the north side of the Klamath River near the confluence of the Scott River.

The fire is burning actively with a high rate of spread and is over 1,000 acres in size as of 7:45 pm Tuesday night.

According to The Klamath National Forest, the incident has been upgraded to a type one incident, a management team is on order and will be in-briefed Wednesday before taking command of the fire.

Road closures are in effect for Highway 96 and Scott River Road. The Forest Service says if you are in an area affected by an Evacuation Order, leave the area now.

Visit for current evacuation zone statuses.

– Residents under evacuation orders need to evacuate IMMEDIATELY.
– Surrounding areas should be ready to evacuate if needed.
– See ZoneHaven Map for more information:
– Resources are continuing to arrive at the incident.
If you are in need of shelter, the Kahtishraam Wellness Center (1403 Kahtrishraam, Yreka, CA 96097) is open to those affected.
We want to ensure the public of our commitment to provide adequate time for safe evacuation should fire behavior intensify to the point of issuing Evacuation Orders in the future.
To stay up to date on the latest fire information visit the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page.

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