Friday, August 8, 2014

Daily Beaver Complex Update with photo - Aug 8


Beaver Complex Fire Update

 

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

9:00 a.m.                    

 

Special Message: 

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:

 

Jackson 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. 

 

Klamath County

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.

 

Siskiyou County

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

 

 

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Last Evening Update - Beaver Complex 8/6/14 - Will go to Daily in a.m. from this point forward


Beaver Complex Fire Update

 

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

9:00 p.m.                    

 

Special Message: 

Please note that this will be the last evening update unless conditions change significantly.  A morning update will continue to be released.

Current Situation: 

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:

 

Jackson 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. 

 

Klamath County

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.

 

Siskiyou County

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

 

 

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Beaver Creek Update


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) 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

12:00 p.m.                  

 

 

 

 

Special Message: 

Governor John Kitzhaber visited the Oregon Gulch fire camp today and extended his appreciation for the efforts in extinguishing the Beaver Complex fires.  The Governor encourages all Oregonians to be vigilant in preventing wildfires during this exceptionally active fire season.  The slightest spark from a car idling over dry grass or a tossed cigarette can lead to disastrous results.

Current Situation: 

Oregon Gulch Fire

The fire is now 100% lined and is 35% contained.  Crews will be working today to continue to strengthen fire lines and mop up hot spots. 

 

All structural task forces assigned to the fire have been released.  The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Incident Management Blue Team will be demobilizing tomorrow. 

 

Salt Creek Fire

Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire are working today to continue to mop up the fire.

 

Weather and Fire Behavior:  Weather today will be mostly sunny and a few degrees warmer than yesterday as a ridge of high pressure builds over the area.  Temperatures are expected to be between 85 and 90 degrees with relative humidity between 18 and 23%. 

 

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: 35%                             

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:

 

Jackson County

Addresses from the 6,000 block on Copco Road and south to the Oregon border have been reduced from Level 3 Evacuation to Level 2 Evacuation. Level 2 Evacuation means “BE SET” to evacuate.  You must be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.  This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area.  Residents choosing to remain should be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Copco Road from the junction with Highway 66 is closed to public traffic.

 

Klamath County

The Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border will change from a Level 3 Evacuation to a Level 2 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.

 

Siskiyou County

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

 

 

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Photographer: Chris Arnold, Jacksonville Fire Dept.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Evening Update Aug 5 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) 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 5, 2014

9:00 p.m.                    

 

 

 

 

Special Message: 

Every second counts when it comes to wildfire.  Take time to be prepared for a wildfire should one ignite near you.  Make a plan for evacuation and assemble an emergency kit so that you and your family can be prepared to leave should an emergency arise.  Suggestions for how best to prepare can be found on the Red Cross’ website at: www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/wildfire.

Current Situation: 

Oregon Gulch Fire

Crews continue to make steady progress towards the goal of containing the fire, and have tied in the last remaining section of line along the southeast side of the fire.  Priority work for overnight includes continuing to secure the fire lines and clearing brush to remove fuel.  The addition of resources reassigned to the Oregon Gulch Fire from the Salt Creek Fire will help to accelerate progress.

 

Predicted lightning, which came into the area early Monday morning, ignited three new fires near the Oregon Gulch Fire.  One, located near Parker Mountain approximately a mile north of the main Oregon Gulch Fire line, grew to about seven acres.  Nightshift crews working nearby each new start were able to quickly respond and contain them in initial attack.

 

Structural task forces continue to assist with structure protection under the direction of the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Incident Management Blue Team.  The Lane County task force was demobilized today. 

 

Salt Creek Fire

Fire personnel working on the Salt Creek Fire continue to make significant progress on mopping up the fire and a number of resources have been reassigned to assist with containing the Oregon Gulch Fire.

 

Weather and Fire Behavior:  Thunderstorms in the area of the Oregon Gulch Fire should dissipate overnight, but could result in a stray lightning strike.  There is a 20% chance of showers.  Temperatures should be around 52 to 57 degrees with relative humidity around 65 to 75%.  Rain received over the Oregon Gulch Fire last night was not enough to provide much assistance to firefighters, but tonight’s weather should help to keep the fire activity low.

 

 

Fire Statistics for Salt Creek

Location:  20 miles northwest of Medford, OR                      Percent Contained: 87%                            

Size: 155 acres                                                            Cause:  Lightning                               

Start Date: 7/30/14                                                    

 

Fire Statistics for Oregon Gulch

Location:  15 miles east of Ashland, OR                                     Percent Contained: 30%                         Size:  36,568 acres (9,464 acres in California)                                       Cause:  Lightning                          

Start Date: 7/30/14                            

 

 

Oregon wildland resources assigned to the complex include: 3 Type 1 crews, 44 Type 2 hand crews, 86 engines, 30 dozers, 23 water tenders, and overhead personnel. 

 

California resources include:  9 dozers, 10 engines, and 4 crews.

 

Air resources:  20 helicopters and 2 air tankers.

 

Total personnel:  1573

 

Evacuation orders by county:

 

Jackson County

Addresses from the 6,000 block on Copco Road and south to the Oregon border have been reduced from Level 3 Evacuation to Level 2 Evacuation. Level 2 Evacuation means “BE SET” to evacuate.  You must be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.  This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area.  Residents choosing to remain should be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Copco Road from the junction with Highway 66 is closed to public traffic.

 

Klamath County

The Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border will change from a Level 3 Evacuation to a Level 2 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.

 

Siskiyou County

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

 

 

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