Rex Complex update, June 29

Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team #1

Shawn Sheldon, Incident Commander

Monday, June 29, 2015

Rex Complex Fire Daily Update

Fire at a Glance

Size: Total 16,519 acres

   Fish Creek Fire:   7,562 acres

   Kobe Fire:            8,876 acres

   Fire #524:                  81 acres

Containment: 15%

Assigned personnel:  530

Aircraft:

2 Type 1 Heavy-lift helicopters

3 Type 2 Medium-lift helicopters

1 Type 3 Light-lift helicopter

1-Air-command fixed-wing aircraft

Location:

   Kobe: 6 miles SW of Anderson

   Fish Cr: 5 mi. NE of Anderson

   Fire 524: 16 mi. SW of Anderson.

Fire Information Number: 

   907-582-1406

Fire Information E-Mail:

   rexcomplexfireinfo@gmail.com

Fire Information Website

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4319/

Additional Resources:

   18 crews

   7 engines

   5 dozers

   7 water tenders

Sunday’s GPS mapping flight over the fire area shows that the Fish Creek, Kobe, and #524 fires have burned a total of 16,519 acres. They are 15% contained. Approximately seven miles of trail construction remain to be accomplished throughout the Rex Complex.

The Fish Creek firefighting strategy has aligned with the natural elements of fuels, topography, and weather to achieve significant progress. Aerial reconnaissance on Sunday detected no smoke along the northern flank of the Fish Creek Fire, so the northern edge is now in patrol status and crews are being reassigned.

The western edge of the Fish Creek Fire has been secured, and along the southern flank crews have connected the fireline with a large swampy area that will not carry fire. Still, fire is threatening a stringer of black spruce along the southern edge that has the potential to significantly expand the fire toward the south. Plans for today include location of a suitable site for establishment of a helispot near the southeastern corner of the fire so that firefighters can be inserted more easily to stop the spread of the fire.

Reassigned crews from the Fish Creek Fire are attacking scattered smokes concentrated on the south and west sides of the Kobe Fire. The south and southeastern flanks of the Kobe Fire have been trailed, pumps and hose have been installed, and mop-up is well underway.

The night shift concentrated on mopping up in areas of the Kobe Fire where dozer work had pushed dirt over hot embers, resulting in hidden heat needing to be dug out and soaked with water.

Fire 524, located in June Creek, is 40% trailed, and fire trails are expected to be completed by end of shift today.

Slightly warmer and drier weather is expected during the next two days, which may increase fire behavior and test the established lines. The forecast calls for high temperatures of 71o to 77oF and minimum relative humidity of 32-41%.Winds will be light and variable, and chance of a thunderstorm is 10%. The area may experience rain on Wednesday, but on Thursday a ridge will begin to build, bringing warmer and drier weather.

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