Containment Grows On Large Klamath Fires Despite Weekend Lightning Storms

A lot of lightning struck the Klamath National Forest over the weekend. The great majority of resulting fires were quickly contained because vegetation is still laden with plenty of moisture, unlike the last several years. Fire officials have said the behavior of the Klamath Fires this year is more like pre-drought conditions.

The 32,260 acre Happy Camp complex is 70% contained after destroying 9 structures and killing one civilian.

The Pearch Fire east of Orleans has burned over 7,300 acres with 8% containment.

The Blue Creek 2 and Marlow Fires near the East Fork of Blue Creek are being managed together and have burned more than 11,000 acres with no containment.

The Smith River Complex in Del Norte County has burned over 92,140 acres but crews have made a lot of progress on containment over the weekend, now at 65% overall. About 10,000 acres of the complex is in Oregon.