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Photo by John DarlingA crowd packs a meeting Monday afternoon at the Ashland Hills Hotel called on short notice by agencies cooperating on fighting the Klamathon Fire. A second meeting is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Klamathon Fire officials in Ashland today for community meeting

The Klamathon fire burning on the Oregon-California border was 55 percent contained Tuesday, and fire officials estimated full containment could be achieved as early as Sunday.

“Overall, we’re feeling pretty good,” Oregon Department of Forestry public information officer Melissa Cano said. “Not completely out of the woods yet.”

The fire had burned about 36,500 acres, destroyed 82 structures and damaged 12 more as of Tuesday, according to fire officials. More than 1,000 structures remained under threat. Three firefighters have been injured, one with serious facial injuries, and one civilian was killed. Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey said an autopsy was scheduled Wednesday to confirm the person’s identity and determine the cause and manner of death.

Containment rose from 45 percent to 55 percent by Tuesday evening, according to Cal Fire incident management spokesman Steve Kaufmann.

Crews in Oregon were working to bolster lines on the northwest and northeast sides of the fire, which extend about from Interstate 5 near the Siskiyou Summit northeast to Pilot Rock and southeast to the Oregon-California border.

Closures

Multiple road and trail closures were still in effect.

Ager Road at Klamathon and Shelly roads, Copco Road at Ager, Copco Road at I-5, Klamathon Road at I-5, Hilt at I-5 and Ditch Creek Road at I-5.

The Pacific Crest Trail is closed in the Soda Mountain Wilderness from I-5 northeast to Highway 66.

The evacuation order level for the community of Colestin in Oregon was lowered from Level 2 (Be Set), to Level 1 (Be Ready). All evacuation orders for the community of Hornbrook, California, near the fire’s origin, were lifted altogether.

Public meeting Wednesday

Late Tuesday CalFire announced a community meeting and press conference will be held at 6 p.m. today in the Aquarius Room at the Ashland Hills Hotel at 2525 Ashland Street. Representatives of ODF, CalFire, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Rogue Valley Fire Chiefs and the Bureau of Land Management will be on hand to discuss the current fire situation.

It will be the second community meeting in Ashland. A similar meeting Monday evening drew a packed house.

Reach web editor Ryan Pfeil at rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com or at 541-776-4468.

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