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Beaver Complex

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INCIDENT UPDATED 8/14/2014

Approximate Location

42.048 latitude, -122.345 longitude

Incident Overview

This is a photo of the Oregon Gulch Fire on July 31, 2014.  The fire has consumed all of the area in the foreground of the photo well past the road the photo was taken from.

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The Beaver Complex is comprised of the Salt Creek Fire (20 miles northwest of Medford) and the Oregon Gulch Fire (15 miles east of Ashland), lightning-started fires that started on July 30-31, 2014. After it was first discovered on July 31, the Oregon Gulch Fire rapidly moved southeast from the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument into the Soda Mountain Wilderness Area, from Jackson County into Klamath County, and then into California.

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2 assumed command of the complex on July 31, with ODF Incident Management Team 3 dispatched to assist on August 1, and, due to the complexity of this complex, a unified management structure with the Oregon Department of Forestry, CalFire, and the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office was established.

On August 6, 2014, with the threat to structures reduced, conflagration resources (structural protection from other counties) were demobilized from the incident and on August 7, 2014, Oregon State Fire Marshal IMT Blue was also demobilized from the complex. ODF IMT 3 resources were released on Friday, August 8, returning to their home units for rest and to be prepared for deployment when/where they are next needed.

Unified command with CAL FIRE ended on August 8 at 6 p.m. PDT. The Oregon Department of Forestry would like to thank both CAL FIRE and the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office for the fantastic cohesive and collaborative effort during this incident. We could not serve the citizens of Oregon and California to the level they deserve without these partnerships in place.

At the time that Unified Command ended, August 8, ODF IMT 2 (IC Chris Cline) remained in command of the complex.

FINAL INFORMATION FROM ODF IMT 2:
At 11:00 a.m. PDT on Thursday, August 14, ODF IMT 2 returned the contained Rowena Fire to the ODF Southwest Oregon District - Medford Unit. A local fire team will continue work on this fire, finishing any needed mop-up, as well as patrolling and monitoring it through the end of fire season.

This Inciweb Site includes the FINAL information from ODF IMT 2 on this complex (news release, maps, etc.) and is no longer being updated, nor with there be any further information posted to this site. The data in the "Basic Information" section, listed below, is effective Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 11:00 p.m. and is from the FINAL Incident State Summary (ICS-209) for this complex.

For information on the status of the fires within this complex, contact the Medford Unit Office at 541-664-3328.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginWednesday July 30th, 2014 approx. 11:00 PM
LocationEast of Ashland, OR. Various incidents in Jackson, Klamath, and Siskiyou counties.
Incident CommanderChris Cline, ODF Team 2
Incident DescriptionLightning Complex

Current Situation

Total Personnel460
Size35,302 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateThursday August 14th, 2014 approx. 11:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

A mix of pine and open brush components on the Oregon Gulch Fire. Red slash from past logging operations to the north and east of Oregon Gulch.

Significant Events

Fireline suppression repair will continue with the transition team.

Cell phone service is very limited at the ICP.

Transition to the Type III (Local) Team at 1100 on Thursday, August 14, 2014.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue mop-up and re-hab on all other Divisions of Oregon Gulch Fire.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Null

24 hours: Null

48 hours: Null

72 hours: Null

Anticipated after 72 hours: Null

Remarks

Total costs to date: ODF-$20,311,646; CAL FIRE- $1,909,191.

Oregon Gulch has burned 25,683 acres in Oregon and 9,464 acres in California and is 100% contained. The Salt Creek fire is 155 acres and is 100% contained.

FEMA declaration ended at 1900 today, August 13, 2014.

Transition to the Type III (Local) Team at 1100 on Thursday, August 14, 2014.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Thunderstorms continued to move through the area during the night and early morning with localized showers. The clouds in the morning kept the temperatures lower than yesterday. Temperatures were in the 70s with good humidity recovery.

Unit Information

Southwest Oregon District
Oregon Department of Forestry
5286 Table Rock Road
Central Point, OR 97502

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