Saturday, July 28, 2018

Garner Complex Evening Update - 7-28-18 - 9:00pm

Evening Update 7-28-18 - 9:00pm
Size: 29,039 acres
Change in last 24 hrs. +3,942 acres
Containment: 30%
Start Date/Time: 7/15/2018 9:00a.m.
Expected Containment Date: 8/7/18
Location: Josephine County
Cause: Lightning
Est. Cost: $27.1 million
Personnel: 2,683
Assigned Resources:
Handcrews: 81
Engines: 125
Dozers: 28
Water Tenders: 39
Assigned Aircraft: 26
Structure Task Forces: 11
The combination of continued high temperatures, low humidities and dry fuels produced active fire behavior across large portions of the Taylor Creek Fire today. Fire crews used a combination of aircraft, line construction and burnout operations to keep the fire in check. Crews reinforced alternate containment lines on the eastern flank of the fire where it passed over primary lines. Improved air quality allowed fire managers to fly numerous helicopter missions dropping water to cool hot spots.
This evening, structure suppression and wildland forces will be working together to construct and reinforce containment lines to halt the fire’s forward progress. Eleven task forces from the Oregon State Fire Marshalls office will patrolling the fire’s perimeter, support the wildland crews completing burnout operations, provide water sources, and protect structures if needed.
On the northern flank of the fire, crews will construct new dozer lines that will allow them to use the Rogue River as part of the containment line.
The historic heat wave hitting the region is expected to continue till Monday when temperatures should begin to moderate. The forecasted weather will continue to promote active fire behavior which will challenge the fire crews. Fire activity from burnout operations will continue to be visible to local residents.
Mop up operations are in full swing on the Grave Creek Fire on the eastern side of the Garner Complex. Fire managers aim to mop up 150 feet from the fire’s edge. Perimeter control lines have held for several days, allowing fire managers to focus more resources on the Taylor Fire.
The Josephine County Sheriff on Thursday afternoon extended the mandatory evacuation areas to a level 3 (GO!) between the eastern flank of the fire and the Rogue River. Up-to-date information on evacuations is available from the Joint Information Center at 541-474-5305 (8 a.m. to 11 p.m.).
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Garner Complex Morning Update - 7-28-18 - 9:30am

Morning Update 7-28-18 - 9:30pm

Size: 29,039 acres
Change in last 24 hrs. +3,942 acres
Containment: 27%
Start Date/Time: 7/15/2018 9:00a.m.
Expected Containment Date: 8/7/18
Location: Josephine County
Cause: Lightning
Est. Cost: $23.7 million
Personnel: 2,637
Assigned Resources:
Handcrews: 82
Engines: 114
Dozers: 32
Water Tenders: 44
Assigned Aircraft: 35
Structure Task Forces: 11

Members of the public have a chance today to get information first-hand at a public meeting. The meeting is at 3 p.m. Saturday at North Valley High School, 6741 Monument Drive, Grants Pass.
Volatile, erratic fire activity continues, particularly on the Taylor Creek Fire. The hot, dry weather conditions in the region promote fire growth and make it harder for firefighters to suppress the fire. Fire managers say there is active fire behavior on just about every area of the fire, particularly around the perimeter.
A red flag warning is in place for the third straight day because of continued hot, dry and windy conditions. Today’s red flag warning is from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. A red flag warning indicates that conditions are prime for increased fire activity.
Taylor Fire: Structure task forces and wildland firefighters are working together, especially in the following road areas: Limpy Cr. Rd, Shan Cr. Rd, W. Pickett Rd, Pickett Rd., Galice Rd, and Taylor Cr. Rd. areas where the fire is nearing structure protection areas. To date, no structures have been damaged or lost. In the southwest corner, the Unmanned Air System (drone) located a 10’ x 10’ spot that firefighters were able to contain.
Spencer Fire: Mop up in 300-400 ft.
Grave Creek Fire: The fire was active along the south end of the fire perimeter. Firefighters continue today to establish control lines in that area. Other areas are stable. Firefighters are involved in mopping-up operations, up to 100 ft inside the perimeter.
Pleasant Creek Fire: Hand-held infra-red showed hot spots that crews will work on today.
“Ready, Set, Go! (Levels 1-3) evacuation levels are changing daily. To check the status of a particular residence or address, call the Southwest Oregon Joint Information Center at 541-474-5305 (hours: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., with a recorded message for after hour calls). The Red Cross evacuation center is at Grants Pass High School, 830 NE Ninth Street.
Taylor Creek 20,137 grew by 3,660 ac. in last 24 hrs.
Pleasant Creek 836 no change in last 24 hrs.
Grave Creek/Section 14/Ditch Creek 7,833 grew 282 in last 24 hrs.
Spencer Creek 228 no change in last 24 hrs.
King Mtn. 6 no change in last 24 hrs.

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