Current situation

ODF has been responding to dozens of lightning-sparked wildfires in southern Oregon. Incident Management Team 2 has been dispatched to assist the Southwest Oregon District with the Garner Complex of fires near Grants Pass. Very hot, dry weather today remains a risk for new fire starts and a challenge for suppressing existing fires. Many ODF districts and forest protective associations have raised their fire danger level and tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Beaver Complex Fire Update - August 6, 2014 @ 9 p.m.

Beaver Complex Fire Update
Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE – Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

Oregon Fire Information number:  (541) 488-7726 (New Phone Number)
California Fire Information number:  (530) 842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

August 6, 2014
9:00 p.m.                    

Special Message: 

Please note that this will be the last evening update unless conditions change significantly.  A morning update will continue to be released.

Current Situation: 

Oregon Gulch Fire

Crews have mopped up 100 to 200 feet along much of the western fire perimeter and continue to make significant progress along the rest of the fire.  Crews have brought seven miles of hose into the north and northeastern edges of the fire to assist with mop up operations and contingency lines built outside the fire perimeter are being fortified.  Crews are facing hazards including snags and poison oak.

Salt Creek Fire

Management of the Salt Creek Fire has transitioned back to the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District.  This will be the last update on this fire.

Weather and Fire Behavior:  The weather over the fire area tonight is expected to be slightly cooler under mostly clear skies. Temperatures should range between 47 and 52 degrees with relative humidity between 55 and 65%.  Downslope winds of 6 to 9 mph are expected.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek

Location:  20 miles northwest of Medford, OR             
Percent Contained: 95%                              
Size: 155 acres                                                             
Cause:  Lightning                               
Start Date: 7/30/14                                                      

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch

Location:  15 miles east of Ashland, OR                      
Percent Contained: 42%                                
Size:  36,568 acres (9,464 acres in California)                  
Cause:  Lightning                               
Start Date: 7/30/14                              

Oregon wildland resources assigned to the complex include: 7 Type 1 crews, 54 Type 2 hand crews, 82 engines, 20 dozers, 28 water tenders, and overhead personnel. 

California resources include:  9 dozers, 10 engines, and 4 crews.

Air resources:  12 helicopters.

Total personnel:  1720

Evacuation orders by county:

Jackson County

The evacuation level for residents from the 6,000 block south to the Oregon Border on Copco Road has been reduced from Level 2 Evacuation to Level 1 Evacuation.  Access to Copco Road is limited to residents and emergency services only.  Residents living along Highway 66 in Jackson County between the 11,000 and 22,000 block are still under a Level 1 Evacuation.  This does not impact people living in Keno.  Level 1 Evacuation means “BE READY” for potential evacuation.  Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. 

Klamath County

The Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border will change from a Level 2 Evacuation to a Level 1 Evacuation.  This includes Topsy Grade Road, Picard Road, and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon. Current roadblocks are at Topsy Grade Road and John C. Boyle Dam, south of Highway 66.

Siskiyou County

All evacuations in Siskiyou County have been lifted.

For the complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed (3 in Oregon and 3 in California).

Places to get information:

Southwest Oregon District Blog -
Smoke Information -
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office -
Inciweb -
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go -
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District -




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