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LAKEVIEW,Ore. — The Van Meter Fire is burning on Stukel Mountain, 13 miles southeast of Klamath Falls. The fire was reported on September 7, 2022, at 12:24 p.m. Current size estimate is 3,500 acres with no containment.
An Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire at 6 P.M. on September 8, 2022. Additional resources continue to arrive to support suppression operations. Firefighters have made significant progress on the fire, limiting growth with safe, aggressive firefighting.
Structural task forces are working with Klamath County Fire Department 1 and the Merrill Fire Department to provide structure protection within the fire area. Evacuations are in place and the public is asked to stay out of the area for safety of the firefighters and to allow for suppression activities. The Bureau of Land Management has issued a closure order for lands around the fire.
Weather: Significant fire potential remains elevated today due to the combination of high fire danger and hot, dry, and unstable weather. Holdover fires from recent lightning may emerge.