now consists of two fires: Salt Creek and Oregon Gulch. The newest fire, Oregon Gulch, is approximately 20 miles southeast of Ashland. The fire grew rapidly, crossing into Klamath County and burning across the Oregon-California border early last evening. It is in the proximity of the Soda Mountain Wilderness and the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. The fire size is estimated at more than 11,000 acres, burning on both private and Bureau of Land Management lands in Oregon and California.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office issued a Level 3 evacuation order (residents are asked to leave immediately) yesterday. Today Gov. Kitzhaber invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act for this fire, which directs the Oregon State Police and the Oregon State Fire Marshal to mobilize fire resources statewide and coordinate with all appropriate fire defense chiefs for the use of personnel and equipment to suppress and contain the fire, and specifically to protect homes and other structures.
The Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) has an incident management team assigned to the Beaver Complex. Due to the complexity of the Oregon Gulch Fire, a unified command management structure among ODF, CalFire, and the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s office will be established for the fire.