The Klamathon Fire has grown to an estimated 36,500 acres and was 60% contained as of the morning of July 11, CAL FIRE said.
According to CAL FIRE’s Siskiyou Unit, the Klamathon Fire started on the afternoon of July 5 two miles southeast of Hornbrook. Originally reported at around 50 acres, the wind-driven fire quickly ballooned to 500 acres within the span of a few hours. There was 0% containment by 5:00 p.m. and evacuation orders were issued for the entire community of Hornbrook.
Caltrans and the Oregon Department of Transportation temporarily shut down Interstate 5 between Yreka and Ashland due to the fire. The entire city of Hornbrook had to be evacuated.