Bear Flat Fire

Bear Flat Fire

Firefighters increased containment of the Bear Flat Fire, burning in the Klamath River Canyon about 9 miles southwest of Keno.

The fire is estimated to be 57 acres as of Friday and is now up to 30 percent containment. Its cause remains under investigation.

Significant progress was made Thursday, with mop-up going 33 feet into the fire perimeter and minimal use of aircraft, according to fire managers.

There is a front moving into the area and rain in the forecast Saturday.

The Lakeview District Bureau of Land Management has temporarily closed Ward Road from Route 66 to Mud Springs Road and Copco/Big Bend Road-entire road south of the Emergency Spillway. The Klamath River is also closed to rafting from the Klamath Dam to the Oregon-California Stateline. Campgrounds in the Upper Klamath River Canyon on river right are closed and the public is asked to stay out of the canyon area.

Smoke from the fire will continue to be highly visible today. There are no structures threatened and the community of Keno is not at risk.