ST LOUIS (LALATE) – The Oregon Gulch Fire 2014 is spreading today in Jackson County. Oregon wildfires are expanding today. But the advancement of the Oregon Gulch Fire is now prompting concerns. It is located in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.
Oregon Department of Forestry fire officials indicated at 4pm tonight that the Oregon Gulch Fire 2014 was at five hundred acres. But moment ago, at 5 pm, that number was updated to one thousand acres. That has prompted new evacuation orders. Officials have announced level one evacuation orders for Copco Road residents. A level one evacuation indicates “be ready” for potential m\mandatory orders. Road closures include Highway 66 east of Pinehurst. The fire is near Ashland and advancing due to excessive winds.
In related news, the Bingham Complex Fire is now at fifty percent containment. That fire is located in the Bingham and Lizard Ridges of Mt. Jefferson Wilderness. Officials tell news that “The Bingham Complex began following lightning on July 13, 2014. As of July 21, the 452-acres complex contains two larger fires, Bingham Ridge and Lizard Ridge, the smaller Incident 152 as well as several fires that are less than 1/4 acre in size.” They add “The Bingham Complex is mostly located within the Mt Jefferson Wilderness on the Detroit Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest. The nearest community is Detroit, Oregon.”