Chiloquin, Oregon-  Two Four Two Fire Update

Chiloquin, Oregon- Two Four Two Fire Update

LIVE FEED Tonight at 7pm on the 242 Fire Facebook page.

242 Fire – Meeting Tonight

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: 242 Fire – Informational Meeting (Facebook live virtual meeting)

Agenda: Status update, evacuations, what help is available  

At the briefing today it was also requested to have signage throughout the community, saying, “Thank You, Firefighters.”

Above photo provided by Tribal Council Member, Willa Powless.

1 P.M. UPDATE: 600 homes evacuated; a virtual meeting is set for 7 p.m. tonight live from the Chiloquin High School Emergency base.

This News article by Tim Trainor – Herald and News   Note: (The Klamath Basin’s Local newspaper)

As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, the Two Four Two Fire was more than 10,000 acres in size with just 5 percent containment.

About 600 homes had been evacuated, according Brandon Fowler, Klamath County emergency manager. Many structures remain threatened.

Fire managers said there is an “extremely high” potential for spread over the next 48 hours, and the fire may move in northwest and southwest directions.

On Wednesday, crews plan to hold the fire east of Modoc Point Road, north of South Chiloquin Road, south of Spring Creek Hill and west of Larkin Creek.

There are many evacuation orders in effect:

Level 3 (Go!)

– Collier State Park, and residences west of the state park

– Woodland Park neighborhood

– Oregon Shores 1 neighborhood (west of OR-62, north of Maidu Rd.)

– The area north of junction of Road 422 and OR-62, east of the Wood River, south of Crooked Creek between Wood River and the state fish hatchery. Residences, if not already evacuated, should evacuate now.

– On the north end of the fire, west of Highway 97 near milepost 243, there is active fire north of Spring Creek. Residents in this area near Spring Creek should evacuate.

LEVEL 2: (Get Set)

– Oregon Shores 2 (west of OR-62, south of Maidu Road). Residents should be prepared if there is a need for immediate evacuation.

LEVEL 1: (Get Ready)

– Neighborhoods east of Highway 97 that are west of other closures or evacuation areas.

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There were no known injuries or fatalities as of Wednesday morning.

The logging museum at Collier State Park was saved. Happy Trails Cowboy Campground in Chiloquin is believed destroyed.

One lane of Highway 97 is now open in both directions between Oregon State Highway 62 south of Chiloquin north to the intersection with Forest Road 9732 at Oux Kanee Overlook.

State Highway 422 North is closed, as well as Highway 62 between Highway 97 and Highway 422 North.

A virtual community information meeting hosted by South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership is set for 7 p.m. tonight.

Questions for the meeting can be submitted in advance through the agency’s Facebook page, by calling 541-846-8174, or emailing twofourtwofire.information@gmail.com with “Meeting Question” in the subject line.

The meeting will be livestreamed here.

Notice shared with the news media and posted on SCOFMP Facebook, Twitter, blog:

242 Fire – Meeting Tonight

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: 242 Fire – Informational Meeting (Facebook live virtual meeting)

Agenda: Status update, evacuations, what help is available  

The fire was first reported Monday night at the Williamson River Campground, according to information from the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership. It soon jumped Highway 97 and was burning on both sides of that roadway, moving south and southwest.

Those with evacuation questions should go to Kla-Mo-Ya Casino where the Red Cross has established a shelter.

For anyone in need of stalls for animals, there are some available at the Klamath County Fairgrounds.

Emergency officials ask residents to avoid calling 911 unless in an emergency. 

Chiloquin schools are closed through at least Wednesday, according to the Klamath County School District.

Tribal Offices in Chiloquin are also closed at this time.

There are currently 19 engines, four handcrews, eight dozers, four water-tenders and multiple air resources including two lead planes, 11 single-engine airtankers, and three helicopters assigned to the fire. More resources are being ordered. Because of heat and smoke, the use of air resources has been limited.

When air resources are available, Klamath Lake is being used to scoop water. Boaters are advised to be aware of their surroundings and avoid areas where aircraft is operating over the water. Williamson River and Spring Creek are also being used for dip sites.

FEMA regional administrator Mike O’Hare determined that “the fire threatened to cause such destruction as would constitute a major disaster” and approved a federal fire assistance grant Monday night.

Power remains out in much of the fire-affected area, all the way up to Crater Lake National Park. Roads are closed there as well due to downed trees.

Wildfire smoke will be in the area through at least Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Medford. They recommend to keep windows and doors closed, reduce time outside, avoid vigorous activity and stay hydrated.

This is a breaking news story. There will be multiple updates throughout the day at www.heraldandnews.com.

*More updates and information are available thru the tribal Facebook page:

The Klamath Tribes Official Facebook Page

Photos below taken from various FB and web media.

Ms. Taylor R. Tupper

The Klamath Tribes

Public Info/News Dept. Manager

501 Chiloquin, Blvd

Chiloquin, OR 97624

Cell: 541-891-3686

Work: 541-783-2219 ext. 147

www.klamathtribes.org

Photo credit: Wauseka Brown, Jr. – Chiloquin, Oregon
Chairman Don Gentry at logistics briefing Wednesday. Photo by Willa Powless