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)
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
Est. Cost: $31 million
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
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