06/11/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/12/2019 12:44
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - Warming and drying weather conditions have prompted Bureau of Land Management Lakeview District fire officials to issue a fire prevention order for lands within one-half mile of the Klamath River from Keno Dam downstream to the California state line effective Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at 12:01 a.m.
'With the expected high temperatures this week and next, vegetation in the Klamath River Canyon will dry out quickly and fire danger will increase rapidly,' said Todd Forbes, acting District Manager for Lakeview BLM. 'That, combined with limited access and steep terrain, makes firefighting difficult and hazardous. We urge the public to use caution while recreating, for their safety and ours.'
This action is in conjunction with Oregon Department of Forestry's regulated use closure of ODF-protected lands within the Klamath River Canyon in an effort to prevent human-caused fires and reduce wildfire potential and will remain in effect until further notice.
Under the order, visitors and other users are prohibited from:
The use of incendiaries, such as exploding targets and fireworks, is prohibited on public lands at all times.
Preventing wildfires is everyone's responsibility. On average, human-caused wildfires make up 87 percent of all wildfire occurrences annually.