Ponina fire in Klamath County fully lined with evacuations reduced to Level 1

  • Source: KDRV-TV ABC 12 Medford
  • Published: 04/21/2021 06:29 PM

Southern Oregon's first major wildfire of the year is now largely contained, with firefighters continuing to shore up their lines. The Ponina Fire broke out roughly five miles north of Beatty in Klamath County, with the fire first reported on Sunday afternoon. It is now estimated at 1,641 acres and 60 percent contained. According to the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP), the fire is now fully lined with mop-up activities continuing into Wednesday. Firefighters were able to start repair work on Tuesday, which will also continue. Fire officials said that the Ponina Fire is burning in timber and brush, with "creeping and smoldering fire behavior." Smoke can be seen rising from the fire's interior. As of Wednesday, there were 16 engines, two bulldozers, and two water tenders assigned to the fire.


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