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
Please note that this will be the last evening update unless conditions change significantly. A morning update will continue to be released.
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:
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.
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.
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:
Twitter - www.twitter.com/swofire/
Southwest Oregon District Blog - www.swofire.com/
Smoke Information - oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office - www.facebook.com/JacksonCountySheriff
CAL FIRE Ready, Set, Go - www.readyforwildfire.org/
CAL FIRE – www.fire.ca.gov
Siskiyou County Pollution Control District - tinyurl.com/ljzak8a