Morning Update 7-28-18 – 9:30pm
Size: 29,039 acres
Change in last 24 hrs. +3,942 acres
Start Date/Time: 7/15/2018 9:00a.m.
Expected Containment Date: 8/7/18
Location: Josephine County
Est. Cost: $23.7 million
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.
FIRE ACREAGES BY FIRE:
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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