Thursday, August 9, 2018

08/09/18 Garner Complex FINAL Update: Firefighter Efforts Continue to Boost Containment on Garner Complex

The Oregon Department of Forestry Southwest Oregon District has completed a smooth transition with Florida Forest Services Red Team and is now assuming command of the Garner Complex, effective immediately. While this does mean that some out-of-area resources are leaving to other fires that require more assistance, this does not mean that all resources will be removed from the fire lines within the complex. Approximately 200 firefighters and additional personnel will continue gridding the landscape for hot spots on the 7,816 acre Grave Creek, 836 acre Pleasant Creek, 228 acre Spencer Creek, and 6 acre King Mountain Fires. The entire complex remains sized at 8,886 acres and is now 87 percent contained. Crews will not leave the fires until reaching full containment. In addition, rehabilitation projects to protect the landscape against undue erosion and invasive plants will continue. All of the communities surrounding the Garner Complex will remain at a Level One, “Be Ready,” evacuation notice until mop up operations are complete and the Sheriff’s Office deems there to be no lingering threats due to fire activity. However, it is important to remember that ODF Southwest always encourages that every single member of the public is at a “Be Ready” standpoint the entirety of fire season. This will be the final news release for this complex, unless a significant event prompts otherwise. The Garner Complex 2018 Facebook Page, and corresponding Inciweb page will be removed within 48 hours, and all future updates and inquiries are asked to be made through the local ODF Southwest Oregon District Facebook Page and our unit offices. We, at the District, are thankful for all of our fire family that came to help us in our time of need. The tremendous efforts and support of all firefighters across the country helped to make this an efficient and successful firefight. Fire officials ask that the public continue to use caution and adhere to regulations. For more information about the Oregon Department of Forestry’s fire season restrictions, visit our website, www.swofire.com.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Garner Complex Update 8-6-18

Daily Update 8-6-18 9:00 a.m.

QUICK FACTS:
Size: 8,886 acres
Change in last 24 hrs. 0 acres
Containment: 82% - Garner Complex
Start Date/Time: 7/15/2018 9:00 a.m.
Expected Containment Date: 8/10/18
Location: Jackson County
Cause: Lightning
Est. Cost: $41,180,000 million
Personnel: 894
Assigned Resources:
Handcrews: 23
Engines: 31
Dozers: 6
Water Tenders: 17
Assigned Aircraft: 10
Structures Threatened: 564
Structures Damaged: 0
Structures Destroyed: 0
Injuries: 17
Firefighters on the Garner Complex are working diligently toward handing the management of the fire back to the local Oregon Dept. of Forestry district.
Crews using palm-held infrared scanners are finding fewer hot spots near containment lines as mop up winds down. Eliminating hot spots continues along a portion of the western control line of the Grave Creek fire and and an eastern portion of the Pleasant Creek Fire.
Extinguishing the remaining hot spots is a top priority for today’s crews. Pulling and removing hose from the fire is a another priority for sections of the containment line that have been put into patrol status. None of the hot spots pose a threat to the fire’s control lines and will be methodically extinguished.
The northern portion of the fire remains in patrol status and the other areas of the fire are expected to enter patrol status over the next few of days.
As patrol status is achieved along sections of the containment line, fewer crews are needed to contain the fire. Some crews and their camp support teams are being released from assignment, making them available to support other fires in the region.
In addition to winding down the Garner Complex, fire managers also remain ready to support initial attack on new incidents that may arise near the fire.
The Suppression Repair division is working closely with the Bureau of Land Management and private landowners to prevent sediment washing into fish bearing streams. Crews are using bulldozers and excavators for earth moving as well as a wood chipper to process slash and small trees alongside control lines.
For a printable, downloadable copy of this update click: https://tinyurl.com/GarnerComplexUpdate8-6-18


Photos: Inmates from the Snake River Correctional Facility roll up miles of hose returned to the Garner Complex incident base. 

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Garner Complex Update 8-5-18

GARNER COMPLEX #UPDATE
Daily Update 8-5-18 11:00 a.m.
QUICK FACTS:
Size: 8,886 acres
Change in last 24 hrs. 0 acres
Containment: 75% - Garner Complex
Start Date/Time: 7/15/2018 9:00 a.m.
Expected Containment Date: 8/10/18
Location: Jackson County
Cause: Lightning
Est. Cost: $41,180,000 million
Personnel: 1,004
Assigned Resources:
Handcrews: 27
Engines: 33
Dozers: 6
Water Tenders: 16
Assigned Aircraft: 10
Structures Threatened: 564
Structures Damaged: 0
Structures Destroyed: 0
Injuries: 17
Firefighters on the Garner Complex are working diligently toward handing the management of the fire back to the local Oregon Dept. of Forestry district.
Last night, crews used palm-held infrared scanners to detect pockets of heat near containment lines. Extinguishing the hot spots became the top priority for today’s crews on mop operations.
The northern portion of the fire remains in patrol status. Crews began pulling hose lays and returning it to the incident base. Yesterday, fire crews returned over a mile of hose. Today, fire managers report that nearly four miles of hose is ready for backhaul to the incident base.
In addition to winding down the Garner Complex, fire managers also support initial attack on new incidents near the fire. Yesterday, firefighters on the Garner Complex responded to a 2.5 acre fire on land protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry. The new start was quickly suppressed.
Today’s operations include more mop up operations. Crews continue to find hot spots in the southern end of the fire. None of the hot spots pose a threat to the fire’s control lines and will be methodically extinguished. Yesterday’s initial attack and the continued hot, dry weather are reminders of the importance of thorough mop up operations.
Fire managers have established a division to repair damage caused by fire suppression activities. The Suppression Repair division is working closely with the Bureau of Land Management and private landowners to prevent sediment from washing into fish bearing streams. Crews are using bulldozers and excavators for earth moving as well as a wood chipper to process slash and small trees alongside control lines.
FIRE ACREAGES BY FIRE:
Grave Creek/Section 14/Ditch Creek - 7,816
Pleasant Creek - 836
Spencer Creek - 228
King Mountain - 6
For a printable, downloadable version of this update please visit: https://tinyurl.com/GarnerComplexUpdate8-5-18


Saturday, August 4, 2018

Garner Complex Update 8-4-18

GARNER COMPLEX #UPDATE
Morning Update 8-4-18 - 9:00 a.m.
Reminder: From here one out only a morning update will be provided daily.
QUICK FACTS:
Size: 8,886 acres
Change in last 24 hrs. 0 acres
Containment: 75% - Garner Complex
Start Date/Time: 7/15/2018 9:00 a.m.
Expected Containment Date: 8/10/18
Location: Jackson County
Cause: Lightning
Est. Cost: $39,877,690 million
Personnel: 1,065
Assigned Resources:
Handcrews: 33
Engines: 33
Dozers: 6
Water Tenders: 22
Assigned Aircraft: 10
Structures Threatened: 564
Structures Damaged: 0
Structures Destroyed: 0
Injuries: 17
Hard work gets results. The difficult, dangerous work happening on the Garner Complex is getting the job done. On each shift hand crews seek and extinguish more and more hot spots. When all the hot spots have been mopped up, that section of the fire is placed in patrol status.
Fire managers have placed the northernmost section of the fire in patrol status. Engines will patrol the perimeter to ensure that any smokes appearing near the control lines are suppressed. Fire managers are evaluating other sections along the fire’s eastern and western edges to determine if they could be placed in patrol status.
As portions of the fire move to patrol status, resources are reassigned to other sections of the fire. Crews that were mopping up on the northern portion of the fire have been moved to the southern end of the fire, just north of Pleasant Creek Rd.
In addition to mop up, crews have begun suppression repair to remove impacts caused by fire suppression activities. Firefighters have begun removing equipment, tools and repairing constructed firelines.
Helicopters, engines and a hand crew are available for initial attack should they be called upon.
FIRE ACREAGES BY FIRE:
Grave Creek/Section 14/Ditch Creek - 7,816
Pleasant Creek - 836
Spencer Creek - 228
King Mountain - 6
For a printable, downloadable version of this update please visit:
https://tinyurl.com/GarnerComplexAMUpdate8-4



Friday, August 3, 2018

Garner Complex Evening Update 8-3-18

GARNER COMPLEX #UPDATE
Evening Update 8-3-18 - 9:30 p.m
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QUICK FACTS:
Size: 8,886 acres
Change in last 24 hrs. 0 acres
Containment: 75% - Garner Complex
Start Date/Time: 7/15/2018 9:00 a.m.
Expected Containment Date: 8/10/18
Location: Jackson County
Cause: Lightning
Est. Cost: $39,877,690 million
Personnel: 1,065
Assigned Resources:
Handcrews: 33
Engines: 33
Dozers: 6
Water Tenders: 22
Assigned Aircraft: 10
Structures Threatened: 564
Structures Damaged: 0
Structures Destroyed: 0
Injuries: 17
The Florida Forest Service, Type 1 Incident Management Team Red assumed leadership of fire operations today at noon. Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team 1 has been reassigned to the Sugarpine Fire in Jackson County. Other Oregon Department of Forestry staff assigned to the Garner Complex Fire continue with support, mop up and restoration on the fire.
Night shift crews are locating and marking hot spots while engines patrol and monitor the fire perimeter. Daytime crews will continue mop up activities and post-suppression repair.
Beginning Saturday, 8/4/18, only morning updates will be provided due to decreasing fire activity.
Southwestern Oregon Fire Information: Contact the Joint Information Center (JIC) for current information on incidents across the southwest Oregon region between the hours of 7 a.m-10 p.m. (541) 474-5305.
The BLM roads, lands and recreation sites along the West Fork of Evans Creek previously closed due to the Grave Creek and Pleasant Creek Fires are now re-opened to the public. Be aware and prepared should conditions change.
FIRE ACREAGES BY FIRE:
Grave Creek/Section 14/Ditch Creek - 7,816
Pleasant Creek - 836
Spencer Creek - 228
King Mountain - 6
For a printable, downloadable version of this update please visit: https://tinyurl.com/GarnerComplexPMupdate8-3-18


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

GARNER COMPLEX #UPDATE
Morning Update 08-01-2018
(NOTE: The Taylor Creek fire statistics will be reported in a separate report and no longer included in the Garner Complex Quick Facts or updates. Taylor Creek updates will be Taylor Creek Fire Information)
QUICK FACTS:
Size: 8,886 acres
Containment: 68%
Start Date/Time: 7/15/2018 9:00 a.m.
Expected Containment Date: 8/10/2018
Location: Jackson County
Cause: Lightning
Estimated Cost: $37 Million
Personnel: 1,444
Assigned Resources:
Handcrews: 46
Engines: 45
Dozers: 8
Water Tenders: 17
Assigned Aircraft: 4
Structure Task Forces: 0
Structures Threatend: 564
Injuries: 16
Evacuations: Level 1 & 2 in effect
 
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 will be holding a public meeting at 6:00pm Thursday August 2nd at Evans Valley Education & Community Center. The event will be held at 8205 East Evans Creek Rd in Rogue River. The management team encourages residents to attend to hear from fire officials about current fire status.
“It was a busier night than we’ve been having,” said Jason Pettigrew, Night Operations Section Chief.  Decreasing humidity and wind gusts of up to 15 m.p.h. led to the pick up in activity. An unburnt area inside the control lines caught fire and burned out. Also, crews using infra red scanners found over 70 hot spots.  Hand crews followed up and extinguished the hot spots. “It was a good night of work,” said Pettigrew. 
Due to low humidity and dry conditions large fuels continue burning above and below ground, making  it the difficult to detect heat with the naked eye. The combination of infrared technology and hard work allows the firefighters to efficiently mop up large areas.
Joe Hessel, Incident Commander laid out the strategy, “The goal is to turn this back over to the local district in a secure state for local resources to patrol.” 

FIRE ACREAGES BY FIRE:

Grave Creek/Section 14/Ditch Creek    7,816
Pleasant Creek                                        836
Spencer Creek                                         228
King Mountain                                              6
 
For a printable, downloadable copy of this update please visit:
https://tinyurl.com/GarnerComplexAMUpdate8-1           
                              Oregon Department of Forestry IMT 1 Joe Hessel, Incident Commander
 


Garner Complex Update 7-31-18 11:00 pm

GARNER COMPLEX #UPDATE
Evening Update 7-31-18 - 11:00 pm
(NOTE: The Taylor Creek fire statistics will be reported in a separate report and no longer included in the Garner Complex Quick Facts or updates. Taylor Creek updates will be Taylor Creek Fire Information)
QUICK FACTS:
Size: 8,886 acres
Change in last 24 hrs. 0 acres
Containment: 68%
Start Date/Time: 7/15/2018 9:00 a.m.
Expected Containment Date: 8/7/18
Location: Josephine County
Cause: Lightning
Personnel: 1,872
Assigned Resources:
Handcrews: 48
Engines: 45
Dozers: 8
Water Tenders: 17
Assigned Aircraft: 4
Structure Task Forces: 0
Structures Threatend: 564
Injuries: 15
Evacuations: Level 1 & 2 in effect
ODF's Incident Management Team 1 will be holding a public meeting at 6:00 pm Thursday August 2nd at Evans Valley Education & Community Center. The event will be held at 8205 East Evans Creek Rd in Rogue River. The management team encourages residents to attend to hear from fire officials about current fire status.
At this stage of the fire, crews are in full mop-up mode. Firefighters have mopped up at least 50 feet around the fire’s perimeter and up to 200 feet in some places. As crews push deeper into the interior of the fire they encounter more snags.
Snags pose a great safety risk to firefighters, and are often a topic in the daily safety briefing. Snags are dead, standing trees that may drop branches or fall without warning. Snags typically have a much lower fuel moistures than live, green trees. This means that burn more readily and smolder for longer periods.
The risk of injuries from snags increases during the night operational period when visibility is greatly reduced. To help avoid accidents caused by snags crews will identify and remove hazard trees. Areas deemed unsafe will be avoided.
The increase of reported firefighters injuries from this morning jumped from 8 to 15. Please note that this number now includes injuries that happened at the incident command post while the Oregon Department of Forestry had command of both the Taylor Creek and Grave Creek fire.
FIRE ACREAGES BY FIRE:
Grave Creek/Section 14/Ditch Creek 7,816
Pleasant Creek 836
Spencer Creek 228
King Mountain 6
For a printable copy of this update, click on the following link:
https://tinyurl.com/7-31-18eveningupdateGarnerCom

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Garner Complex Morning Update 7-31-18 12:00 pm

GARNER COMPLEX #UPDATE
Morning Update 7-31-18 - 12:00 pm
(NOTE: The Taylor Creek fire statistics will be reported in a separate report and no longer included in the Garner Complex Quick Facts or updates. Taylor Creek updates will be at Taylor Creek Fire Information
QUICK FACTS:
Size: 8,886 acres (No Taylor Creek)
Change in last 24 hrs. 0 acres
Containment: 65% - Garner Complex
Start Date/Time: 7/15/2018 9:00a.m.
Expected Containment Date: 8/7/18
Location: Josephine County
Cause: Lightning
Personnel: 2,609
Assigned Resources:
Handcrews: 48
Engines: 45
Dozers: 8
Water Tenders: 17
Assigned Aircraft: 4
Structure Task Forces: 0
Structures Threatend: 564
Injuries: 8
Evacuations: Level 1 & 2 in effect
At the morning briefing for the Garner Complex, John Flannigan, Day Shift Operations Section Chief remarked, “Very impressive work so far, we need to keep making progress. With the potential for new fire starts to grow rapidly, crews have been notified that they have initial attack responsibility to help the local district."
The north, east, and west sides of the fire are holding well and looking good. Fire crews are taking their time through the mop up process and insuring that areas are cool. The south end of the fire was the last place to have containment line put in and has more heat closer to control lines . Overnight, two crews used infrared cameras to detect residual heat. On the north side of the fire, they found isolated pockets of heat within 200 feet of the control lines. In other areas of the fire they found hotspots and flagged them for dayshift crews to suppress.
Air operations will be available at the helibase today when needed. Flights will be conducted throughout the day to monitor and look for areas that need support.
Overhead personnel are meeting with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to discuss a suppression repair plan. They will coordinate a plan to mitigate or eliminate environmental resource impacts caused by the fire suppression effort and rehab the area to as natural conditions as possible.
The Oregon Department of Forestry’s ODF Team 1 will continue to manage the fires in the complex until they are safe to turn back to the district.
For a printable, downloadable copy of this update please visit: https://tinyurl.com/7-31-18GarnerComplexAMupdate

Monday, July 30, 2018

Garner Complex Morning Update - 7-30-18 - 9:00am

GARNER COMPLEX #UPDATE
Morning Update 7-30-18 - 9:00am
(NOTE: The Taylor Creek fire statistics will be reported in a separate report and no longer included in the Garner Complex Quick Facts or updates)
QUICK FACTS:
Size: 8,886 acres (No Taylor Creek)
Change in last 24 hrs. 0 acres
Containment: 60% - Garner Complex
Taylor Creek Fire - 8%
Start Date/Time: 7/15/2018 9:00a.m.
Expected Containment Date: 8/7/18
Location: Josephine County
Cause: Lightning
Est. Cost: $31 million
Personnel: 2,609
Assigned Resources:
Handcrews: 81
Engines: 119
Dozers: 24
Water Tenders: 45
Assigned Aircraft: 21
Structure Task Forces: 11
As of 6 am today, the Garner Complex Fire is separate from the Taylor Creek Fire. The Taylor Creek Fire is now under command of the Pacific Northwest Type-1 Incident Management Team 2 (Schulte). The Oregon Department of Forestry Type-1 Incident Management Team 1 (Hessel) has command of the Garner Complex.
The Grave Creek Fire is the largest and most active of the fires in the complex. The other fires within the Garner Complex are the Pleasant Creek, Spencer Creek and King Mountain Fires. Each of those fires are smaller and less active.
Reports on the Taylor Creek fire will be issued separately. Transitions of this nature are common in wildland firefighting, teams work together closely to insure that operations continue seamlessly. Firefighter and public safety continue to be the highest priority.
Fire managers working on the Grave Creek Fire say that it is a success. Lines are holding and crews are conducting fire suppression and repair operations in coordination with landowners and resource advisors. Mop-up is being conducted 100-200 feet in from the perimeter. Lines are holding and the situation looks good, as crews work to secure the area and build more lines.
Smoke from the Klondike Fire, about 9 miles to the southwest has shaded the Taylor Creek Fire which has decreased fire behavior. The smoke can also impact aviation operations due to decreased visibility.
FIRE ACREAGES BY FIRE:
Pleasant Creek 835
Grave Creek/Section 14/Ditch Creek 7,816
Spencer Creek 228
King Mountain 6
For a downloadable, printable version of this update, click here -
https://tinyurl.com/GarnerComplexAMUpdate7-30