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Naylox fire burns off Highway 97

HIGHWAY 97 — A wildfire known as the Naylox fire engulfed a hay storage barn Tuesday afternoon not far from an inhabited house on Algoma Road east of Klamath Falls and off of Highway 97.

Flames, which were reported after 4 p.m., climbed up the hillside to the east of Algoma Road, quickly covering an area upwards of 30 acres. By Wednesday morning it had grown to 400 acres. The cause is still under investigation.

Crews from Fire District 1, Chiloquin Fire and Oregon Department of Forestry worked to contain the flames.

A Timberline helicopter, based in Ashland, dipped a Bambi bucket into a nearby irrigation ditch for a 400-gallon drink, only to return for more within a few minutes of dousing sections of the engulfed hillside.

Samantha Bradley and her 2-year-old son, Kaison, watched as fire crews battled the blaze.

Bradley, who lives hundreds of feet down the road at a family friend’s home, had just put her son down for a nap when she heard the helicopter hovering overhead and the sirens.

She woke up to a view of the barn on fire.

Fire District 1 Capt. Justin Poe said there were no injuries as of Tuesday evening.

Winds were cooperating when fire crews were first on scene, according to Poe, though that changed as the fire progressed. Crews created dozer containment lines along the eastern edge Tuesday and worked Wednesday to create lines along the south, west and north edges.

Algoma Road has been closed between Old Fort Road and Highway 97 north. Five residences and the campground at Hagelstein Park were evacuated.

Sarah Saarloos, of South Central Oregon Fire Management, urged vigilance in regards to fire safety and prevention.

“We are still in fire season,” Saarloos said. “With this hot and dry weather … every spark can start a new wildfire.”

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