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Cutoff fire held in check

BONANZA — Firefighters began mop-up operations and strengthened control lines Monday night as the Cutoff fire experienced no new growth.

Several helicopters dropped water on the southern portion of the fire to combat winds and dry fuel conditions.

According to the Oregon Department of Forestry, firefighters continued to monitor for thunderstorms that were forecast to develop. The passing storms threatened to bring rain and hail as well as gusty and erratic winds.

The current red flag warning expires at midnight Wednesday.

At noon Monday, Klamath County Emergency Management and the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office reduced the evacuation Level 3 “Go” to Level 2 “Get Set.”

The current evacuation recommendations are Level 2 for east of Bly Mountain Cutoff Road, north to Grizzly Lane, west to Hummingbird Drive and Forest Service Road 3812 South, 3 miles past Keno Springs Road.

Evacuation Level 1 is set for east of Bly Mountain Cutoff Road, north to Highway 140 and Kingfisher Drive, west of Hummingbird Drive, south to Grizzly Lane.