Current situation

Fire season on ODF-protected land has officially ended in all of Oregon as cooler temperatures and moister conditions settle over much of the state. With the end of wildfire season in Oregon, firefighting resources are now more available. As a result, several public and private engines and crews have been dispatched to California to assist with the devastating wildfires there.































Monday, August 4, 2014

Beaver Complex Fire Update - Monday, August 4, 2014 @ 9 a.m.


Beaver Complex Fire Update

Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office Blue Team – Scott Magers, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE – Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

Oregon Fire Information Number:  541-826-1599
California Fire Information Number:  530-842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

August 4, 2014
9:00 a.m.                     

 
Special Message:  The public is encouraged to be respectful of evacuation orders.  The orders are in place for public and firefighter safety.  Public entry into closed areas can hamper the firefighting effort by slowing response to the fire.

A Red Flag Warning will be in effect from 11:00 a.m. this morning to 2 a.m. Tuesday morning for abundant lightning and dry fuels.

Current Situation: 

Oregon Gulch Fire

Fire personnel made excellent progress on the fire.  Firefighters have started line construction on the northeast side of the fire and are working their way from the Jackson/Klamath County line towards the Oregon-California border. Contingency lines are being constructed to follow road systems that prevent fire spread to the north and east. 

The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office have assigned the Incident Management Blue Team and structural task forces to protect homes within the Green Springs Fire District area. Task forces arrived from Lane, Benton and Linn Counties. 

Salt Creek Fire

Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire will continue mopping up from the outer perimeter of the fire. 

Weather and Fire Behavior:  It will be a few degrees cooler today with an elevated inversion remaining much of the day.  Tonight, gusty winds are expected.  Weather conditions are conducive to fireline construction and containment of the fire.

For information on smoke conditions and health effects in California, visit Siskiyou County Pollution Control District (http://tinyurl.com/ljzak8a), the National Interagency Real-Time Smoke Monitoring Network (http://app.airsis.com/usfs/fleet.aspx) or the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (http://ncuaqmd.org/).Residents are encouraged to visit the “Protect Yourself from Smoke” website for smoke protection information http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/.

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek

Location:  20 miles northwest of Medford, OR             
Percent Contained: 80%                              
Size: 155 acres                                                             
Cause:  Lightning                               
Start Date: 7/30/14                                                      

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch

Location:  15 miles east of Ashland, OR                                       
Percent Contained: 20%                                
Size:  36,568 acres (9,464 acres in California)                                 
Cause:  Lightning                               
Start Date: 7/30/14                              

Oregon Wildland Resources Include: 40 Type 2 hand crews, 6 Camp Crews, 44 engines, 22 dozers, 17 water tenders, and overhead personnel. 

California Resources Include:  10 dozers, 20 engines, 4 Type 1 crews, and 3 water tenders.

Air Resources:  14 helicopters and 2 air tankers.

Total Personnel:  1280

Evacuation Orders by County:

Jackson County

There is still a Level One Evacuation for residents living along Highway 66 in Oregon. The addresses include anyone living between the 11,000 and the 22,000 block of Highway 66. This is on the Ashland side and does not impact people living in Keno!

Level One Evacuation means “Be Ready” for a potential evacuation. Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

Portions of Copco Road remain under a Level 3 Evacuation.

Klamath County

Klamath County Sheriff’s Office issued a Level 3 evacuation order.  The order is for the Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border.  This includes Topsy Grade Road and Picard Road and all other normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon.

Siskiyou County

Mandatory evacuations (terminology used by Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office) are in place one mile east of the town of Copco to Beaver Creek only on the north side of Copco Lake. An evacuation center has been established and remains open at the Jackson Street Elementary School located at 405 Jackson Street in Yreka. The evacuation center can also accommodate small animals and livestock.

For the Complex, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened; 6 homes were destroyed.

Places to get information:

 

Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/


Southwest Oregon District Blog - http://www.swofire.com/



Jackson County Sheriff’s Office - https://www.facebook.com/#!/JacksonCountySheriff



CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - http://www.readyforwildfire.org/

CAL FIRE - www.fire.ca.gov

 

 

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