Golden Fire Costs Soar Past $500K as Battle Continues

Yesterday, firefighters worked through the evening, striving to keep the wildfire contained within its perimeter. Additional Task Forces from Douglas, Lane, and Marion Counties joined the effort, conducting tactical patrols on structures, extinguishing remaining hot spots, and supporting wildland partners.

The fire spans an estimated 2,052 acres and, as of now, there has been no containment achieved. The blaze, which began on July 22, 2023, at 1:02 p.m., poses a significant challenge to crews due to the weather forecast predicting high winds, elevated temperatures, and low humidities today. These conditions are likely to fuel the fire, making it more unpredictable and active.

Firefighters are determined to construct and maintain defensive lines, while closely monitoring for any spot fires that may ignite. Their primary goal is to safeguard critical infrastructure and minimize the fire’s spread. However, the current situation has led to Level 3 (GO NOW) evacuations being implemented in specific areas to ensure the safety of residents.

Evacuations remain in place for the following zones:

  1. East of Highway 140E, south of Polar Bear Lane, and north of Keno Springs Road.
  2. East of Bly Mountain Cutoff Road and north of Keno Springs Road.

To support those displaced by the wildfire, the American Red Cross and the Klamath County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) have established an evacuation shelter at Bonanza School, located at 31601 Mission Street, Bonanza, OR 97623.

The estimated cost of managing the wildfire has reached $500,000.00, and a team of 141 personnel, comprising 5 hand crews, 10 Engines, 5 Dozers, 2 Water Tenders, and 12 helicopters, are working to combat the blaze.

As the firefight continues, authorities hope to achieve containment by August 7, 2023, although the cause of the fire remains unknown. Citizens are urged to stay vigilant, heed evacuation orders, and cooperate with firefighting efforts to ensure the safety of all individuals and properties in the affected regions.

You can track this fire through our 2023 Wildfire Season partner’s Wildfire Aware app.

Source: ODF

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