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