Klamathon Fire: Update & Available Resources

Monday, July 16, 2018

Pciture of the Klamathon Fire
Photo credit: CAL FIRE

Dear Friend,

I wanted to give you a brief update on the status of the Klamathon Fire and share information on some local and state resources that are available for recovery assistance.

As of this morning, the Klamathon Fire in Siskiyou County is now 36,500 acres and 70 percent contained. So far, 82 structures have been destroyed and 12 damaged. 315 structures remain under threat. Three firefighters were injured and one Siskiyou County resident was tragically killed. The Unified Command of CAL FIRE Siskiyou Unit, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon Department of Forestry expect the fire to be fully under control by this Sunday, July 15.

While all evacuation orders and warnings on the California side of the fire have been lifted or downgraded, an evacuation shelter at Jackson Street Elementary School in Yreka (405 Jackson St, Yreka, CA 96097) remains open. The large animal shelter at the Siskiyou County Fairgrounds (1712 Fairlane Road, Yreka, CA 96097) also remains open.

A Local Assistance Center for residents impacted by the fire will be opening in the Rural Health and Science Building located at the College of the Siskiyous - Yreka Campus (2001 Campus Drive, Yreka, CA 96097), Monday and Tuesday, July 16 and 17, 2018, 9:00-4:00 p.m.

The Local Assistance Center is a one-stop shop for recovery services and resource referrals following a disaster or significant emergency. Representatives from various local, state and federal agencies will provide counseling support, resource and housing assistance, information to aid in rebuilding, permitting, hazardous materials clean-up, loss of business or employment, basic health and human services, and other topics.

Services provided will include:

  • Siskiyou County Health & Human Services Agency
    • Disaster Cal-Fresh
    • Behavioral Health services including crisis counseling
    • Tetanus immunizations through Public Health
  • Siskiyou County Assessor-Recorder
  • Utilities
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Social Security Administration
  • Contractor’s Licenses Board
  • American Red Cross
  • Salvation Army

If they are available, it is recommended that you bring the following documents to the Local Assistance Center:

  • a photo ID
  • household income information
  • insurance documents

The DMV is also available to issue duplicates of Photo IDs and driver’s licenses. Also, California Employment Development Department (EDD), provides temporary unemployment benefits to people whose jobs or work hours were directly impacted by the fires. Affected individuals are encouraged to apply here. Claimants can also file by phone at 1-800-300-5616 (English) or 1-800-326-8937 (Spanish).

For the most current information and updates on the Klamathon Fire, please follow this link, where you can be added to the CAL FIRE mailing list.

Although it is not recommended that property owners conduct their own cleanup due to potential health and safety hazards, the Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Services offered these precautions for residents.

My heart goes out to those of you who have been affected by this devastating and destructive fire. Please feel free to contact my office at senator.gaines@senate.ca.gov or at (916) 771-5840 if you have any further questions.


Senator Ted Gaines
State Senator, 1st Senate District