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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Tennant Fire

Highway 97 to Macdoel, Dorris and Klamath Falls was closed Monday due to a forest fire. I had no deliveries there on Monday so that worked out well. I went to Macdoel yesterday and the road had reopened.

The blaze is dubbed the Tennant Fire because it's burning near the turnoff to Tennant - a Siskiyou County town of 82 residents surrounded by the Klamath National Forest.

The fire primarily is burning east of Old State Highway 97, which remained open Tuesday after having been closed Monday. The route is being monitored for smoke effects. Residents as far away as Mount Shasta, 30 miles to the south, reported seeing the fire's smoke plume.

Firefighters are trying to beat back the flames to protect bald eagle nesting and winter roost habitat, historical and prehistorical resources, and riparian areas along Butte Creek, the Forest Service spokesman said.





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