KENO, Oregon – The Bear Flat Fire continues to burn in the Klamath River Canyon between Frain Ranch and the Klamath River Campgrounds, approximately 9 miles southwest of Keno.
The blaze is still estimated at 50 acres this morning, without containment. The cause is still under investigation.
The Bear Flat Fire burns over steep, inaccessible terrain and heavy timber in the Lakeview District of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and heads to Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) protected lands.
Many air and land resources are assigned to fire or are in command. At 6 a.m., the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) Type 3 Incident Management Team took command of the fire.
Due to the terrain, forest firefighting planes should be widely used today. Area residents may notice an increase in air traffic to the area, as well as an increase in forest firefighting equipment arriving in the Keno area. Area residents and visitors are urged to exercise caution while driving in the area.
Smoke from the fire is very visible in the area. There are currently no structures threatened or at risk for the Keno community.
Campgrounds in the Upper Klamath River Canyon on the right of the river are closed and the public is asked to stay out of the canyon area.
Road closures are expected to go into effect this afternoon on Ward Road and Klamath River Canyon Road on the north and west side of the river. The Klamath River will also be closed to rafting from the Klamath Dam to the Oregon-California State Line.
Fire danger remains “extreme” in Lake and Klamath counties. Extremely dry fuels and seasonal winds can turn even a small spark into a large forest fire.
The public is responsible for ensuring they have reviewed and are aware of the restrictions in place for the landscape they plan to recreate or work on. For all agencies, violating these bans could result in citations, fines and even jail time, depending on the agency and the ordinance.
The latest restrictions and regulations, including for ODF and federal agencies, are available at https://scofmp.org/restrictions.shtml.