Friday, August 1, 2014

Night Update For Beaver Complex

Beaver Complex Fire Update


Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander

Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office Blue Team – Jim Walker, Interim Incident Commander

CAL FIRE – Phill Veneris, Incident Commander

Oregon Fire Information Number:  541-826-1599

California Fire Information Number:  530-842-8866

Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


August 1, 2014

10:00 p.m.                  





Special Message: Governor Kitzhaber invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act today, recognizing that a life, safety and property threat exists that exceeds the firefighting capability of local structural agencies. 


Current Situation:  The Beaver Complex now consists to two fires: Salt Creek Fire and Oregon Gulch Fire.  The newest fire, Oregon Gulch, is south of Highway 66, burning in the proximity of the Soda Mountain Wilderness.  Erratic winds caused the fire to move east in the northeast and southeast corners of the fire.  Approximate acreage of 11,000 acres is still valid. The Salt Creek Fire had little fire activity today.  Due to the complexity of the Oregon Gulch Fire, a unified command structure with Oregon Department of Forestry, CAL FIRE, and the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s office has been established.


Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is maintaining a Level 3 evacuation order in place for homes in close proximity to the Oregon Gulch Fire, near Copco Road (6000 block to Oregon border).  Twenty-three homes are impacted by the order.  All of the residents in the affected area have been contacted. 


Salt Creek Fire

Fire personnel were able to work directly along all sides of the fire and hope to have fireline built completely around the fire during tonight’s shift.


Oregon Gulch Fire

Erratic winds caused extensive fire activity. Two distinctive columns formed today, one in north and one in south, causing the fire to push east. Current mapping shows the fire size to be under 11,632 acres.  An infrared flight is scheduled tonight which will produce locations of where heat is within the fire perimeter.  The number of additional structures threatened is 170; three dwellings, five outbuildings and multiple vehicles have been lost.


Weather: Breezy with clear skies are expected tonight.  A moderate increase in humidity is expected.  This will reduce fire behavior throughout Beaver Complex.


Fire Statistics for Salt Creek

Location:  20 miles northwest of Medford, OR                      Percent Contained: 30%                             Complex Size:  108 acres                                            Cause:  Lightning                               

Start Date: 7/30/14                                                    


Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch

Location:  15 miles east of Ashland, OR                    Percent Contained: 5%                               Complex Size:  11,632 acres                                        Cause:  Lightning                               

Start Date: 7/30/14                            



Resources Include: 6 Type 2 hand crews, 4 Camp Crews, 27 engines, 17 dozers, 8 water tenders, and overhead personnel.


Air Resources:  11 helicopters and air tankers on request.


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