Saturday, August 2, 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 – 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 2, 2014

10:00 p.m.                  

 

 

 

 

Special Message: Fire behavior for the Oregon Gulch Fire was extreme with rapid rates of spread.  The fire has moved east, deeper into Klamath County.  Klamath County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Level 3 evacuation order for the Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border.  This includes Topsy Grade Road and Picard Road in Oregon.  Siskiyou County Sherrif’s Office has issued a Level 3 evacuation from Copco Dam north to the state line on the Klamath River.

Current Situation: 

Oregon Gulch Fire

Erratic, gusty winds on the Oregon Gulch Fire caused the fire to move east.  Fire personnel are contending with a moderately high Haines Index and critically low fuel moisture.  The Haines Index is used to indicate the potential for wildfire growth by measuring the atmospheric stability, including the dryness of the air over a fire.  The Haines Index can range between 2 and 6. The drier and more unstable the lower atmosphere is, the higher the index.  The Haines Index today was 5.

 

Haines 5 conditions will persist through Sunday and significant smoke column development could be enough to generate some lightning in the afternoon through early evening hours.  Temperature and humidity values will be very similar Sunday to the conditions from today, except for slight upper level moisture which is sufficient for a chance of afternoon or evening thunderstorms.

 

Salt Creek Fire

Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire have completed line construction around the fire and have started mopping up 50 feet from the outer perimeter of the fire. 

 

Smoke Forecast:  Officials for air quality with the Pacific Northwest Region of the USDA Forest Service have monitored air quality in the area.  Air quality monitors in Medford, Klamath Falls and Eugene were showing moderate air quality this afternoon, with smoke moving to the north during the day. Tomorrow, smoke is expected to move to the northeast of the fires, returning to a northerly direction on Sunday. Air quality is expected to remain moderate during the day and will likely worsen at night and in the mornings, in the valleys.  For more information, visit http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/.

 

Heavy smoke is also visible throughout Northern Siskiyou County in California.

 

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek

Location:  20 miles northwest of Medford, OR                      Percent Contained: 30%                             Complex Size: 146 acres                                             Cause:  Lightning                               

Start Date: 7/30/14                                                    

 

 

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch

Location:  15 miles east of Ashland, OR                                     Percent Contained: 10%                        Complex Size:  31,918 acres (4645 acres of total in California)              Cause:  Lightning                          

Start Date: 7/30/14                             ,

                                                                                   

Oregon Resources Include: 29 Type 2 hand crews, 6 Camp Crews, 15 engines, 25 dozers, 22 water tenders, and overhead personnel. 

 

California Resources Include:  14 dozers, 20 engines, 4 Type 1 crews, and 3 water tenders.

 

Air Resources:  14 helicopters and 2 air tankers.

 

Total Personnel:  1041

 

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 at the Jackson Street Elementary School located at 405 Jackson Street in Yreka, California. The evacuation center can also accommodate small animals and livestock.

 

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/

 

 

 

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Smoke Information for Beaver Complex

Oregon Gulch Fire, part of the Beaver Complex, is moving rapidly towards the east, deeper into Klamath County.  Reports of smoke have been received.  A good place to check air quality is Oregon Smoke blog.  See http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/.

Rick Graw, Air Quality Program Manager for the Pacific NW Region - USDA Forest Service, posted:

"Air quality monitors in Medford, Klamath Falls and Eugene were showing moderate air quality this afternoon, with smoke transported to the north during the day. Tomorrow, smoke is expected to be trasnported to the northeast of the fires, and back to a northerly transport direction on Sunday. Air quality is expected to remain moderate during the day, and will likely worsen at night and in the mornings, in the valleys."

Current Fire Activity on Beaver Complex

The public may be able to see a column from Oregon Gulch.  The fire is burning primarily east and slightly north.  Acreage is still being reported as 21,088.  For more information in Oregon, call 541-826-1599.  For more information in California, call 530-842-2266.

Morning Update Beaver Complex Aug 2


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 2, 2014

8:00 a.m.                    

 

 

 

 

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

 

Current Situation:  The Beaver Complex consists of two fires: Salt Creek and Oregon Gulch Fires.  The largest fire, Oregon Gulch, is south of Highway 66, burning in the proximity of the Soda Mountain Wilderness.  Yesterday, erratic, gusty winds on the Oregon Gulch Fire caused extreme fire behavior and rapid fire spread.  The fire has consumed a total 3 homes, 5 outbuildings, and multiple vehicles. An infrared flight revealed an accurate location of the fire perimeter with acreage reported at 21,088.  There are 270 structures threatened in Oregon and California.

 

The Salt Creek Fire had little fire activity yesterday and increased from 108 acres to 146 acres.  Fire personnel were able to complete line construction around the fire perimeter.

 

Due to the complexity of the Oregon Gulch Fire, a unified command structure with Oregon Department of Forestry, the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office, and CAL FIRE has been established.

 

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is maintaining a Level 3 evacuation order for homes in close proximity to the Oregon Gulch Fire.  The identified area is Copco Road (6000 block to Oregon border). In addition, a Level 1 evacuation order for the area will be in effect as of 9:00 a.m. this morning.  Level 1 is an awareness level, alerting residents to be prepared in the event an evacuation is necessary.  The Level 1 area affected is the junction of Highway 66 and Hyatt Lake Road to the 22,000 block of Highway 66.  The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office will be administering the evacuation alert.

 

Evacuation levels are established as “Be Ready, Be Set, Go!” For more information, visit http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/pages/commed_wui.aspx.

    

Weather: Little change in the pattern is expected today.  It will be hot and dry today with light and variable winds becoming west to northwest.  The humidity will fall below 25% around 2:00 p.m. and remain low until 8:00 p.m.  It will be sunny and then become partly cloudy in the afternoon.  The temperature will reach 97 degrees.

 

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek

Location:  20 miles northwest of Medford, OR              Percent Contained: 30%                              Complex Size: 146 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: 22 Type 2 hand crews, 6 Camp Crews, 50 engines, 17 dozers, 9 water tenders, and overhead personnel.  Total Personnel is 788.

 

Air Resources:  14 helicopters and air tankers on request.

 

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



 

 

 

 

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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.

 

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



 

 

 

 

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Quick Update on Beaver Complex

A published update will be out later this evening.  Fast Facts re: tonight's update -

  • Oregon Gulch - Two distinctive columns today (one in north/one in south) both pushing east.  Current mapping shows just under 11,000 acres, so our estimate of 11,000 acres still valid.  We will have a more accurate number in the morning after an infrared flight tonight.  5% contained.  CalFire and OSFM Blue Team actively engaged in fire management with ODF.
  • Salt Creek Fire - looking good.  Line construction around the fire should be complete tonight.  30% contained.  108 acres.
  • One home has been confirmed as destroyed in the Oregon Gulch Fire. Level 3 evacuation level still in place for Copco Rd area.
  • 170 homes affected by a Level 1 "Get ready" evacuation alert along Highway 66.
  • One lookout personnel evacuated due to threat from Oregon Gulch Fire.
  • California residents that may be affected by Oregon Gulch can call their fire information number at (530) 842-2266.
Again, official update will be out later tonight.

Thanks,

Beaver Complex Fire Information

Power Equipment Shutdown, IFPL 3 Take Effect Monday, Aug. 4

Very dry conditions in southwest Oregon’s forests and wildlands, and the recent outbreak of large wildfires, makes it necessary for the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Southwest Oregon District to shut down public use of power-driven and spark-emitting equipment starting Monday, Aug. 4, at 12:01 a.m.
 
In addition, the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) rises to level 3 (three) on that same day.
 
The fire danger level remains “extreme” (red).
 
These regulations affect the 1.8 million acres of state, private, county and Bureau of Land Management forestlands in Jackson and Josephine counties.
 
Below are the public regulated use restrictions that take effect Monday:
  • Chain saw use will be prohibited;
  • Mowing of dried and cured grass with power driven equipment will be prohibited, except for the mowing of green lawns, or the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops;
  • Cutting, grinding and welding of metal will be prohibited.
 
The following public regulated use restrictions are currently in effect and will remain in effect:
  • Debris burning is prohibited;
  • Burn barrel use is prohibited;
  • Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads;
  • Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at designated locations.  Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed;
  • Use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved roads;
  • Use of fireworks is prohibited;
  • Any electric fence controller in use shall be: 1) Listed be a nationally recognized testing laboratory or be certified by the Department of Consumer and Business Services, and 2) Operated in compliance with manufacturer’s instructions;
  • Use of exploding targets is prohibited;
  • Use of tracer ammunition or any bullet with a pyrotechnic charge in its base is prohibited;
  • Any other spark-emitting machinery not specifically mentioned is prohibited;
  • Use of sky lanterns is prohibited.
 Under IFPL 3, the following fire prevention regulations take effect on Monday:
  • Cable yarding will not be allowed. However, gravity operated-logging systems employing non-motorized carriages may operate until 1:00 p.m. and after 8:00 p.m. These systems must have all blocks and moving lines suspended 10 feet above the ground, except the line between the carriage and the chokers;
  • Power saw use will not be allowed. However, power saws may be used until 1:00 p.m. and after 8:00 p.m. at loading sites and on tractor or skidder operations;
  • In addition, the following equipment and operations must shut down between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.:
    • Tractor/skidder, feller-buncher, forwarder, or shovel logging operations where tractors, skidders or other equipment with a blade capable of constructing fireline are immediately available to quickly reach and effectively attack a fire start;
    • Mechanized loading or hauling of any product or material;
    • Blasting;
    • Welding or cutting of metal;
    • Any spark-emitting not specifically mentioned above.
 The following IFPL regulations are currently in effect and will remain in effect:
  • The use of fire in any form is prohibited;
  • Commercial operations must have fire suppression equipment on the job site;
  • Watchman service must be provided.
 For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s fire season regulations, contact the unit office in your area:
  • Medford Unit, 5286 Table Rock Rd., Central Point. Phone: (541) 664-3328
  • Grants Pass Unit, 5375 Monument Drive, Grants Pass. Phone: (541) 474-3152

Most Wildfires Can Be Prevented

While firefighters continue to battle dozens of wildfires throughout the Northwest, there’s one thing they don’t need:  Help from careless people.

Many of the large, difficult-to-fight wildfires have been caused by lightning. One cell, generally moving from northern California up through the Cascades across Oregon and Washington, can leave multitudes of fire starts in its wake. But most fires are still caused by people.

Lightning accounts for 20-30 percent of all fires, while 70-80 percent of wildfires are human-caused.
Oregon and Washington have already had 1,642 fires (835 human-caused) that have collectively burned more than 485,000 acres. So how can the public lend a hand in the fight? Simple, don’t be part of the problem.

“We always remind forest visitors and residents to do all they can to prevent wildfires,” said Nancy Hirsch, chair of the Pacific Northwest Coordinating Group and fire protection division chief with the Oregon Department of Forestry. “But this is paramount—for everyone—right now. We’re working hard to control many lightning-caused fires across the region, and more are expected. Resources are stretched very thin, and we can ill afford to divert them to fight human-caused fires that could have been prevented.”

Leading the way in human-caused fires is debris burning.

“Even during the most severe fire danger, we continue to see illegal burning take place in backyards,” says Oregon Department of Forestry’s Fire Prevention Coordinator Tom Fields. “When these fires escape, they not only threaten and burn homes and our natural resources; they also cost a lot of money to put out.”

Anyone responsible for starting a fire, accidental or not, is potentially liable for those fire suppression costs, not to mention the civil liability for damages to neighboring property owners.  Combined, these costs could run into the millions. If burning is prohibited where you live, and you witness someone burning, call 911 immediately.

“Some of the largest fires we have fought this summer have been human-caused,” adds Hirsch. “This is disconcerting, and all the more reason to reiterate a call for care and caution.”

Outdoor debris burning is one of many fire related activities that is prohibited throughout much of the region.

There have also been a number of abandoned campfires left to go out on their own, but don’t. Campfires, warming fires, and cooking fires are not allowed throughout much of the region as well, unless conducted in an approved location, such as a designated campground. Campers and visitors should check on the restrictions in place at individual parks.

Be sure and check fire season regulations where you live or where you may be going. There are several resources on the internet to gain additional information and to learn more about fire prevention practices. Keep Oregon Green, Oregon Department of Forestry, Washington Department of Natural Resources and the offices of the state fire marshal for both Oregon and Washington are great places to start.

Structure Protection on Beaver Complex

At this time, the only report of structures lost on Oregon Gulch (part of Beaver Complex) is multiple outbuildings that have burned.  For confirmed information associated with the fire, please contact us at the fire information line: (541)826-1599 or check inciweb at - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4034/

Thanks,

Beaver Complex Fire Information

Beaver Complex Fire Update



Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
Phone Numbers:  541-826-1599
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

August 1, 2014
12:00 p.m.                  


Special Message: The public is asked to use caution while driving near the vicinity of the Salt Creek Fire.  Vehicles cutting corners while traveling the roads in the area of East Evans Road, West Evans Road, and Antioch Road have been reported.
 
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.  The fire grew rapidly and is approximately 11,000 acres. Salt Creek Fire had moderate fire growth yesterday and is currently 108 acres. Both fires were caused by lightning from thunderstorms that moved through the area over the last few days.  Due to the complexity of the Oregon Gulch Fire, a unified command management structure with Oregon Department of Forestry, CalFire, and Oregon State Fire Marshall’s office will be established.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office issued a Level 3 evacuation order yesterday for homes near Oregon Gulch fire, near Copco Road (6000 block to Oregon border).  All of the people in the affected area have been contacted. 

Salt Creek Fire

The east side of the fire has been lined using a bulldozer. Also, hose used to transport water to the fireline will be installed and mop up will begin.  The west side of the fire is more problematic for fire personnel due to the steep terrain, making it difficult for personnel to work along the fireline directly.  Roads near the west side of the fire will be cleared to help create better access.

Oregon Gulch Fire

This fire was integrated into Beaver Complex yesterday afternoon.  The fire is burning in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.  The fire grew rapidly, crossing into Klamath County in Oregon and crossing over the Oregon-California border early last evening.  Resource advisors from Bureau of Land Management have been dispatched to the fire to assist with minimizing the effects of fire suppression activity within the Monument.  Fire growth is expected to move in a southeast direction.  The number of structures threatened is 170.  Multiple outbuildings were destroyed.  Fire personnel from California, Bureau of Land Management, and various structural fire departments are assisting with fire suppression and structural protection.

Weather: Sunny skies are expected with a chance of isolated thunderstorms by evening.  The temperature is expected to reach 98 degrees with light winds from the north and west, becoming northeast and northwest.

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:  11,000 acres                                        Cause:  Lightning                               

Start Date: 7/30/14                            

Resources Include: 6 T2 hand crews, 4 Camp Crews, 12 engines, 10 dozers, 8 water tenders, and overhead personnel.

 Air Resources:  11 helicopters and air tankers on request.

 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

 

 

 

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