Fires: What You Need to Know for Tuesday

The Oregon Gulch Fire


Updated 6:50 PM PT

Klamath Falls, Ore.– Here’s your rundown on the most current data we have on the recent fires and other fire-related information that you might need to know :

New Evacuation Warning: RE: The July Complex: Effective 4pm August 5, 2014, the July Complex Incident Commander has requested an Evacuation Advisory be issued by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office for residents of the Music Creek, South Russian Creek and Rainbow Mine areas. This notice is for all residents east of Sawyers Bar Road on the 40N54 Road. Residents should be prepared to evacuate should fire conditions worsen. An evacuation center will be established in the Scott Valley area and this information will be disseminated at a later time. Domestic pets may also be taken to the evacuation center where kennels will be available.

New Fires:
Over 1,500 lightning strikes throughout the forest were reported from Monday’s storm. Interagency fire crews have responded to eight confirmed new fires in the Klamath-Lake District Tuesday, applying full suppression to all new starts. One fire was also located on BLM lands. As the day progressed, temperatures increased and South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP) fire crews were chasing additional smokes and fires as they became visible. Fire crews will continue to monitor, respond and suppress through the day and into the evening.  The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for abundant lightning with dry fuels till 11pm Tuesday night. A slight chance of thunderstorms is forecasted for the rest of the week.

>>US97 now open to 1 lane of traffic, controlled by pilot cars, through fire area between Klamath Falls, Oregon and Grass Lake Rest Area in California. Expect a potential 1 hour delay in this area.  Depending on how the fire moves, the road could re-close with no notice.

>>The Fremont-Winema National Forest’s Fourmile Lake Campground, boat launch and road (Forest Service Road 3661) reopened Tuesday after the Launch Fire closed it on July 28. The human-caused fire was located on the northern side of Fourmile Lake in the Sky Lakes Wilderness Area and burned 42 acres. Forest Service Trails 933 (Twin Ponds Trail), 3759 (Badger Lake Trail) and 3712 (Lost Lake Trail) also reopened. The Great Meadows Sno-Park, along Highway 140 near Lake of the Woods, is no longer being used as a helipad and available for public use. Motorists need to be aware of falling trees and other debris.

Highway 96 is currently open to residents only and there is a controlled piloted escort from Lumgrey Creek to Horse Creek. 

Community Meeting:
Klamath County Emergency Management is hosting a Community Wildfire Preparedness Event Wednesday at 6:00 pm at the Keno Fire Station.

Fire Stats:
Oregon Gulch- Hot areas long the west side of the fire are being mopped up. Fire line along the north and east will be strengthened today. The mot active part of the fire is located in the east, above the Oregon border. In light of moderate weather conditions, fire personnel will have an opportunity to construct line direct along the fire to keep from continuing to move east.
SIZE: 36,568 acres (9,464 acres in California)
Cause: Lightning
Containment: 30% 
270 homes and 50 outbuildings are threatened. 6 homes have been destroyed. 

 Animal Shelter: The Tulelake-Butte Valley Fairgrounds has officially opened up as an animal evacuation center. Click HERE for information.

Kennels are available at the Yreka Shelter only (dogs and cats only) at Jackson Street School. Animal owners are responsible for caring for their own animals. Please bring feed/dishes/leashes with the animal.

Large animal housing (all livestock), contact Matt Rokes (530-598-7821) for specific instructions. Large animal housing and transportation available for evacuees.  Please haul as much feed as possible with animals. Evacuees are still responsible for feed and care of animal (livestock) housed by volunteers.

The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office has issued a LEVEL 2 EVACUATION ORDER for the Klamath River canyon from John C. Boyle Dam to the California border. 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.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the Advisory Evacuation Notice for homes along Highway 96 from the mouth of Beaver Creek to Quigley’s story, as well as the Doggett Creek to the Gottville area. Evacuees can still utilize the Red Cross Shelter at the Jackson Street Elementary School at 405 Jackson Street in Yreka. The evacuation center can also accommodate small animals and livestock. Even if you are going to be staying with family or friends we ask that you still check in at the center, so that we can be in touch with you later.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) is advising that the Mandatory Evacuation Notice to the Copco area residents that live one mile east of the town Copco to the Beaver Creek area is still in effect. Sheriff’s Deputies have personally notified residents of the evacuation. The SCSO will be patrolling 24 hours in the evacuated areas. At this time we do not know how long the evacuations will last, as soon as it is safe for residents to return to their homes notices will be given. An evacuation center has been established at Jackson Street Elementary School in Yreka, 405 Jackson ST. Even if you are going to be staying with family or friends we ask that you still check in at the center, so that we can be in touch with you later.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) is continuing an advisory evacuation notice for residents of Quartz Valley and Mugginsville due to the July Complex fires. This notice is for all residents along Quartz Valley Road between Scott River Road and Oro Fino Road. Residents should be prepared to evacuate should fire conditions worsen. Deputies and Search and Rescue personnel have gone door to door to notify affected residents. In the event of a mandatory evacuation the SCSO will be providing 24 hour patrols in the evacuated areas. The Office of Emergency Services is establishing an evacuation center at Scott Valley Junior High School, 237 Butte Street Fort Jones. In the event of a mandatory evacuation we ask that you check in at the center, even if you do not intend to stay, so that we can be in touch with you later.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Level 2 Evacuation Notice for addressed from the 6,000 block of Copco Road and south to the Oregon border.  LEVEL 2 EVACUATION means “BE SET” to evacuate. YOU MUST PREPARE 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, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. 

Residents living along Highway 66 in Oregon between the 11,000 and the 22,000 block of Highway 66 are still under a Level 1 Evacuation. This is on the Ashland side and does not impact people living in Keno.

Level 1 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. 

 Road Closures:
Siskiyou County: The fire has been moving towards Highway 96 and has caused a road closures on Highway 96 from Highway 263 to Scott River Road. Beaver Creek Road is still closed to public access. Copco Road is closed at Fall Creek.

Jackson County: Access to Copco Road is limited to residents and emergency services only. 

 Klamath CountyTopsy Grade Road and John C. Boyle Dam, south of Highway 66 are closed. 

 The Red Cross will assist displaced people and will provide preparedness information. For assistance you can call, 1-888-680-1450.