GENEVA, OR -- Just five days after the official start of wildfire season, the Oregon Department of Forestry is already battling a number of fires. The largest two are burning north of Klamath Falls and in the Owyhee Canyon in southeast Oregon.
Firefighters are also working to contain a small blaze in Jefferson County. As of Tuesday night, the Akawana Fire had charred about 70 acres of heavy brush and beetle-killed timber, southwest of Cove Palisades State Park. Crews are using bulldozers to establish a fire line around the blaze, four miles west of Geneva.
Local Forestry Officials say firefighters responded to multiple fire starts from yesterday's lightning.
Smoky haze of the Akawana Fire, as seen from Terrebonne.
Photo courtesy of Rian LaBlanc