Rex Complex update, June 30

Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team #1
Shawn Sheldon, Incident Commander
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: 20%

Assigned personnel: 545

Aircraft:
2 Type 1 Heavy-lift helicopters
4 Type 2 Medium-lift helicopters
1 Type 1 Light-lift helicopter
1 Air-Command fix-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 Websites: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4319/

Additional Resources:
21 crews
7 engines
5 dozers
6 water tenders

Tuesday June 30, 2015

Monday tested the week long strategies that had been implemented for controlling this complex. The temperature reached 78 degrees, and the relative humidity fell to approximately 30%. Warming and drying would normally cause increase in fire activity; in this case, however, only minimal hot spots were found in the perimeter areas with some smoke columns also coming from the interior. Overall, it was a good day on the fires, with containment lines holding and good additional progress made.

The western and flank edges of the Fish Creek Fire were placed on patrol status, while the south side was scouted for a helispot, and spike camp locations. A suitable place was found east of the power lines, and operations are utilizing this location today.

Firefighters will continue to proceed with the practices that have been working on the Kobe Fire. Mop-up is well underway on all but the west side, where a saw line is being built from north to south by crews that are camped out in the area. Crews on the other sides of the fire are extending the width of the mop-up line around the perimeter from 50 to 150 feet deep.

Weather for today should be similar to yesterday, but temperatures will be slightly cooler, with higher humidity. There is also a 30% chance of scattered showers starting in the evening. Precipitation totals are expected to be small, with most of the rainfall occurring east of us. Rain gauges were distributed to the divisions at morning briefing to help monitor the actual rainfall. There is a 40% chance of rain for Wednesday.

Warmer and drier weather is expected as we approach the holiday weekend. Please remember to be extra careful with any ignition sources and of course remain aware that there is significant amount of fire traffic on Parks Highway, and some of the side roads in the areas between Nenana to Healy.

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