Here is the latest on the fires from the Beaver Compl;ex. It is helpful to keep in mind that conditions can change quickly, and some elements of this report- especially with respect to road closures and evacuations- can change quickly as well.
At the Oregon Gulch Fire burning 15 miles east of Ashland- personnel are reporting excellent progress. Firefighters have started line construction at the northeast side of the fire, and are working their way from the Jackson-Klamath County border to the Oregon- California border. Contingency lines are being constructed to follow road systems and prevent fire spread to the north and east.
The Oregon Gulch Fire has burned 36,568 acres, 9,464 on the California side of the border. The lightning-caused fire that started Wednesday is 20 percent contained. 1,280 personnel are working on the fire.
At the Salt Creek Fire- which is 20 miles northwest of Medford- crews are mopping up from the outer perimeter of the fire. The 155 acre blaze is 80 percent contained.
In Jackson County- there is a Level One Evacuation for residents living along Highway 66, including addresses between the 11-thousand and 22-thousand block of the highway. This is on the Ashland side and does not affect people living in Keno.
In Klamath County- there is a Level THREE evacuation order. This is for the Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle dam to the California border. This includes Topsy Grade and Picard Road and all normally accessible roads south of Highway 66 east to the Klamath County line in Oregon.
In Siskiyou County- Mandatory evacuations 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 and remains open at the Jackson Street Elementary School at 405 Jackson Street in Yreka. The evacuation center can also accommodate small animals and livestock.
Six homes have been destroyed, 270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened.
Three firefighters have been treated for heat exhaustion.