Rex Complex Fire update, July 1

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team #1

Shawn Sheldon, Incident Commander

 Fire Information Number:  907-582-1406

Fire Information E-Mail:  rexcomplexfireinfo@gmail.com

Fire Information Website: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4319/

Location:

   Kobe: 6 miles SW of Anderson

   Fish Cr: 5 mi. NE of Anderson

   Fire 524: 16 mi. SW of Anderson

Fire at a Glance: Total Size; 16, 519 acres

   Fish Creek Fire:  7,562 acres     Kobe Fire: 8,876 acres  Fire #524:  81 acres

Containment: 25%

Assigned personnel: 493  Additional Resources: 18 crews, 7 engines, 4 dozers, 6 water tenders

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

The fires of the Rex Complex are now 25% contained, but the remaining hot spots are stubborn and difficult to reach.

Infrared imagery and smoke seen from the air continues to indicate the presence of hot spots in the interior and southern portions of the Fish Creek Fire, but due to very limited access the firefighters have not yet been able to reach the scattered hot spots. A helispot has been constructed, and crews are hoping to find dry ground for a spike camp, which would give them a better base from which to attack the remaining fire. No smokes are visible along the northern edge, and the western and eastern flanks of the fire are contained.

The eastern edge of the Kobe Fire is contained. The initial saw-line along the northeastern flank is completed and mop-up is beginning on that line segment. The going is slower, however, along the northern and western sides. All work has to be done by hand, and there are miles of it to do. The fire left a ragged edge of long fingers of burned and smoking forest fuels along the western edge that require much effort to line and put out. Crews are sleeping in a spike camp in order to make faster progress, but the food brought in for them has attracted bears. Precautions have been taken to ensure that no bear problems would result in human injury.

Crews from the south side of the Kobe Fire have turned the corner and are working to the north along the west edge of the fire in order to help complete containment lines around the perimeter of the fire.

The saw-line on Fire 524 is complete, but mop-up will take another day or two.

There were light isolated showers over the fire area on Tuesday. The forecast calls for cooler and moister conditions for today, and then a warming and drying trend.

The medical unit on the Rex Complex has received helpful assistance from the community. The Clear Air Force Station Clinic volunteered to take patients 24 hours per day, seven days per week. To date, 6 patients have been treated at the clinic. “We have had outstanding support from the community!” said Lane Lange, Medical Unit Manager. Lange said the Medical Unit itself has been receiving about 60 visits per day for ailments ranging from twisted knees to colds to bug bites.

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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

4 dozers

6 water tenders

 

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