Bear Creek Oil Spill

 
Site Contact:
Brooks Stanfield
On-Scene Coordinator

(stanfield.brooks@epa.gov)

Site Location:
936 S. Central Ave.
Medford, OR 97501
epaosc.org/bear_creek_oil
NRC#: 1333425

On April 13, 2022, EPA received a report of a large fire at a fuel service and storage location in Medford, Oregon.  The reporting party indicated the fire had been extinguished, but concerns that approximately 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel stored in above ground storage tanks and over 12,000 gallons of lubricant oil may have been released due to the fire.  Oil was confirmed to have entered the storm drains and was impacting a nearby waterway, Bear Creek.  Bear Creek is a tributary of Rogue River and provides important habitat to steelhead, salmon, and lamprey, some of which are actively spawning .

The Medford Fire Department and several other local agencies including Medford Police, Medford Public Works, and surrounding partner fire agencies responded to the scene.  Local officials issued evacuation orders; status and population affected is unknown. Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) sent a State On-Scene Coordinator (SOSC) to the incident and requested EPA support.

EPA deployed a Federal On-Scene Coordinator (FOSC), a Planning Section Chief (PSC), and START contractors to the incident on April 13th, 2022. 


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