Oregon Department of Forestry Team 2- Chris Cline, Incident Commander
CAL FIRE – Phill Veneris, Incident Commander
Oregon Fire Information number: (541) 488-7726
California Fire Information number: (530) 842-2266
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
August 8, 2014
Today’s morning shift briefing was held on the abnormally landlocked boat docks at the Howard Prairie Campground Marina. Incident Commander, Chris Cline, called special attention to this unusual situation and reminded crews that the lack of water in the lake is a clear representation of the difficulty of this fire season. Please be extra vigilant in fire prevention this year. The lack of moisture over the winter and spring has left conditions very dry resulting in a high risk of fire.
Current Situation (Oregon Gulch Fire):
Fire managers are pleased with progress so far. Yesterday’s warm, dry and unstable weather served as a test to the fire containment lines which held up well. This success shows that the hard work is paying off. Most of the fire is currently in mop up. Today, firefighters will continue efforts to secure lines, finish the contingency lines and start repairing the fireline in some sections of the fire.
Today is the last day that the Oregon Department of Forestry and CalFire will be in unified command. CalFire Incident Commander, Phill Veneris, expressed his appreciation this morning for the positive partnership between the two organizations during this incident.
Weather and Fire Behavior:
Temperatures for today are expected to between 85 and 90 degrees with relative humidity between 13 and 18%. Warm, dry and unstable conditions are expected again today. Low fire activity is expected today and will be isolated to unburned interior islands. A fire weather watch has been issued for Sunday through Monday for thunderstorms and lightning.
Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch
Location: 15 miles east of Ashland, OR Percent Contained: 50%
Size: 35,093* acres (9,464 acres in California) Cause: Lightning
Start Date: 7/30/14
* Acreage has been reduced from what was reported on 8/6/14 due to better mapping.
Oregon wildland resources assigned to the complex include: 6 Type 1 crews, 51 Type 2 hand crews, 4 camp crews, 58 engines, 19 dozers, 27 water tenders, and overhead personnel.
California resources include: 1 dozers, 5 engines, and 2 crews.
Air resources: 13 helicopters.
Total personnel: 1643
Evacuation orders by county:
The evacuation level for residents from the 6,000 block south to the Oregon Border on Copco Road will remain at a 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.
All evacuation orders for Klamath County have been lifted, including the Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border. This includes Topsy Grade Road, Picard Road, and all other accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon. Current roadblocks remain at Road 106 (Camp 4) south from Highway 66.
All evacuations in Siskiyou County have been lifted.
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 - 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