Western Wildfires

Spot fires smolder near trees damaged by the Bootleg Fire on Wednesday in Bly, Oregon.

After more than five months, the 2021 fire season will come to a merciful end on Friday for both Klamath and Lake counties.

Fire management personnel from the Oregon Department of Forestry, Klamath-Lake District and Walker Range Patrol Association plan to declare the end of the 2021 season at 12:01 a.m. on October 22.

The area has been in “fire season” since May 15.

“The 2021 Fire Season was the longest we’ve had on record, lasting 160 days,” said Dennis Lee, district forester for Klamath-Lake ODF. “It was also one of the worst seasons in terms of drought and total fire acres burned in the South-Central Oregon area that I can remember. We are relieved to finally have enough moisture on the ground and continued in the forecast to be beyond the severe wildland fire threat we’ve seen so much of.”

The ending of fire season lifts the ban on open debris burning in both Klamath and Lake counties. Logging operation requirements — including watchman services and fire equipment on site — that had been in effect on private, county, and state lands have also been lifted.