Garner Complex Fire Update – 7-19-18 9:00am

Morning Update 7-19-18 – 9:00am
Size: 1,130 acres
Change in last 24 hrs. +170 acres
Containment: 8%
Start Date/Time: 7/15/2018 9:00a.m.
Expected Containment Date: 7/31/18
Location: Josephine County
Cause: Lightning
Est. Cost: $1,450,000
Personnel: 902
Assigned Resources:
Handcrews: 31
Engines: 10
Dozers: 7
Water Tenders: 8
Assigned Aircraft: 15 helicopters
Today’s goal for all of the fires in the complex is to continue construction of fire lines around each fire and to catch the smaller ones with more personnel and equipment. We continue to aggressively fight all fires in this complex. The fire team is expecting two large air tankers crossing over from Canada today. In addition, two Chinook helicopters are on order from the Oregon National Guard will be arriving tomorrow. Many of the fires are located in very steep and hard to access areas where helicopters are the most effective equipment. The use of helicopters in steep terrain minimizes the number of fire fighters needed, thus providing for their
Today’s weather will be similar to Wednesday. Morning inversions will be present, but should be below most fire locations. This means that north-northeast winds will be present at ridgetops in the morning. It will be hot and dry again today with winds shifting slightly to the north-northwest in
the afternoon. Steve Ziel, Fire Behavior Analysist, for the fire said “there will be critically low dry humidity at night and it maybe as low as today”.
Firefighters will experience active fire behavior over night.
Each afternoon fire activity typically picks up as the temperatures rise and winds become more prominent. The public may see more smoke visible during the day. Smoke may worsen symptoms for people who have pre-existing health conditions and those who are particularly sensitive to air pollution. If you would like more information about air quality in the area you can go to the Oregon smoke blog here http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
Cooperating Agencies: Oregon Department of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, Rogue Valley Fire Chiefs Association, U.S. Forest Service Rogue River-Siskiyou, Umpqua National Forest
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