Rex Complex update, June 27

Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team #1

Shawn Sheldon, Incident Commander

Rex Complex Fire Daily Update

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Fire at a Glance
Size: Total 18,246 acres
Fish Creek Fire: 7,489 acres
Kobe Fire: 10,676 acres
524 Fire 81 acres
Containment: 10%
Assigned personnel: 530
Aircraft:
2 Heavy-lift helicopters
3 Medium-lift helicopters
1 Light helicopter
Location:
Kobe: 6 miles SW of Anderson
Fish Cr: 5 mi. NE of Anderson
Fire Information Number:
907-582-1406
Fire Information E-Mail:
rexcomplexfireinfo@gmail.com
Fire Information Websites:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4319/

The Rex Complex is a full suppression firefighting operation. The two fires of the complex began with lightning on June 20th.

The primary objectives of this fire suppression operation are firefighter and public safety, and to safely protect communities, private property, Clear Air Force Station, cultural, historical and natural resources.

The Kobe Fire burning in black spruce experienced cooler temperatures of 66 degrees and higher humidities at 65% yesterday with light precipitation lasting though 2am. With the help of mother nature, fire behavior minimized considerably and crews have been able to secure the fireline edge with mopup and sawline work. These crews are putting out hot ash pits, smoldering logs and deep organic fuels burning in the duff layer that are abundant along the fire perimeter.  Dozer operators built direct line yesterday followed by hand crews cleaning up the line. New hoselay was also installed. Subdivisions and AT&T towers continue to be threatened.

Night operations shift began on the fire last night. Objectives were to continue structure protection, improve containment lines, patrol, install hose lays and mopup, however wet weather made the roads slick and 2X4 vehicles (crew busses) had difficulty getting through. Night shift took advantage of the weather conditions but it also slowed them down.

Firefighters working the Fish Creek Fire burning mostly in open grass and marsh are succeding. They received .10 inch of rain yesterday. The west side of the fire is secure along the highway. The south and western flank’s line construction are progressing at a rate of about ½ mile a day. All of the Fish Creek Fire will be hand-lined and saw cut line because of the marshy conditions. Access continues to be tough and time-consuming however, crews are sawing out a helispot in efforts to locate and establish a spike camp in the far northeast edge of the fire.

The Incident Management Team managing the Rex Complex is providing crews, air support and overhead to the 524 Fire located in the June Creek area.

Traffic safety is especially a big concern during the weekend.

Please refrain from travel in the fire area. Most residents have been warned to be at Evacuation Level 2: “BE SET” to evacuate.

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