Wildfire Incident Information
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Fire Status
Last Updated
4 mins, 46 secs ago
Fire Start
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 1:24 PM PDT
Incident #
Dispatch Notes
Blm-kfallslast checked: 09/27/2022iqcs# 630150 | Contain: 09/20/22 1430
Primary Fire Agency

Bureau of Land Management — Lakeview District

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Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

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Incident Overview

Inciweb information was updated: 1 week ago

Incident Photo for the Van Meter Fire

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.

Basic Incident Details

Incident Type
Under Investigation
Date of Origin
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 12:30 PM PDT
13 miles SE of Klamath Falls, OR
Incident Commander
ODF-Tyler McCarty
42.133, -121.579

Current Situation

Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Estimated Containment
Monday, September 19, 2022 12:00 AM PDT
Fuels Involved
Timber (grass and understory) Predominate fuels are timber, cry climate brush and juniper, and agricultural grass and products.
Significant Events

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions
Type 1 ODF IMT3 will transfer command September 15 to Type 4 IMT.
Projected Incident Activity
Fire behavior is expected to be minimal due to lower temperatures and humidity.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns
Fire weather concerns are lower than usual over the next several days due to cooler and more humid conditions.

Fire Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Fire Information
Email: vanmeterfireinfo@gmail.com
Phone: 541-363-8140
Hours: 7 am to 7 pm
Fire Unit Information
Klamath-Lake District - Oregon Department of Forestry
3200 DeLap Road
Klamath Falls, OR 97601

Dispatch Center Contact

Lakeview Interagency Dispatch Center (ORLFC)

Lakeview, OR