Garner Complex Fire: Declared a Conflagration

A map of the new Pleasant Creek evacuations (Picture courtesy of Jackson County Sheriff's Office)

[Update: 7/26/18]

Current Evacuation Updates

Josephine County

  • Level 3 - West Picket Creek Road
  • Level 3 - Addresses above 333 Limpy Creek Road
  • Level 3 – All of Shan Creek Road
  • Level 2 – All residences on the west side of Riverbanks Road between Shan Creek Road and 6050 Riverbanks Road, including Rocking Horse Drive.
  • Level 2 - Riverbanks Road to 333 Limpy Creek Road.
  • Level 2 - Pickett Creek Road, including secondary roads.
  • Level 2 - Dutcher Creek Road, including secondary roads.
  • Level 1 - All residences north of Redwood Hwy, including residences located on Little Cheyenne Trail, Round Prairie, Minnow Lane, Firview Lane, Splendor Drive, Wonder Lane, Wild Raspberry Court, Newt Gulch Road, Waters Creek Road including all secondary roads.
  • Level 1 - Galice Road from Stratton Creek Bridge (Hellgate) to Taylor Creek Road.

Jackson County:

  • Level 3 - Pleasant Creek Road, addresses 6,000 to 7,000, map section 15.
  • Level 2 - Grave Creek Road, north of intersection with Ditch Creek Road.
  • Level 2 – Pleasant Creek Road, addresses 4,873 to 5,050, map section 21.
  • Level 2 – Pleasant Creek Road 3,760 to 5,050 and 3,997 to 36,505 Ditch Creek Road, 155 N Ford Road to 17,101 Ford Road (map sections 27, 28, and 29).

[Update 7/25/18 2:50 p.m.] - Evacuation levels on Graves Creek Road, north of Ditch Creek, has been reduced from Level 3 (Go) to Level 2 (Be Set).

No other evacuation levels for the Grave or Pleasant fires have changed.

[Update 7/24/18 4:00 p.m] - The following is an update on the fires within the Garner Complex:

The Graves Creek Fire has burned 6,546 acres. The Oregon State Fire Marshal says much of the northern half of the fire has dozer lines, hand lines, or roads holding the fire at bay. Tuesday, crews are working on completing construction of hand dozer lines, mostly in southern and southeastern portions of the fire. Crews will continue to secure, hold, and patrol the containment lines around much of the fire.

The Pleasant Creek Fire is at 784 acres. Officials say the fire crossed over the containment line Monday, and burned a 30 to 40 acre area near Battle Mountain. Crews are working to put a line around the fire and bring that part back inside the fire perimeter. Aircraft are expected to help with fighting efforts in this area. Officials say most of the perimeter is secured by roads or dozer lines, In the areas where there are unburned fuels between the fire perimeter and control lines or roads, hot shot crews are working on burnouts. Monday night, an unmanned drone flew the fire and spotted a new fire start. Officials say crews were able to immediately put it out.

The Ditch Creek Fire has burned 169 acres. Officials say the fire is relatively unchanged and it is secured with a fire line around the perimeter.

Officials say the Spencer Fire is 228 acres and has a secured fire line around the entire perimeter.

[Update: 7/24/18 9:00 a.m.] - Crews will continue to secure and hold control lines of the Garner Complex Fire.

Firefighters will also be setting fire inside the control lines to consume fuel between the fireline and burning areas of the fire.

The fire continues to slowly burn and has grown 2,075 acres to 17,369 acres burned.

A public meeting will be held Tuesday in Wimer located at Evans Valley and Communication Center at 6:00 p.m.

[Update: 7/23/18 2:35 p.m] - The Jackson County Sheriff's Office has expanded the current Level 2 evacuation notice in the Pleasant Creek area.

The following areas are now a Level 2 "Be set" evacuation:

  • 3760 to 5090 Pleasant Creek Road
  • 3997 to 36505 Ditch Creek Road
  • 155 N Ford Road to 17101 Ford Road

Deputies and Search and Rescue personnel are in the area with information for residents.

[Update: Monday afternoon, 7/23/18] - The fires within the Garner Complex have burned more than 3,605 acres over night, to make the total acres burned 11,564.

The complex is 14 percent contained.

Fire crews with the Oregon Department Fire Marshal's Office are continuing to work in the Grave and Taylor Fires areas. Crews are assessing homes and other structures. They are flagging driveways to let them quickly know what needs to be done. The flagging does not indicate the level of protection fire crews will give to that structure. Fire officials are asking residents to not remove the flagging, it will create more work for firefighters.

OSFM crews have been able to assess 245 structures near the Grave and Taylor Fires.

There will be two public meetings for the communities that are being most effected by the Garner Complex fires.

The first meeting is on Monday, July, 23, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the North Valley High School, located at 6741 Monument Drive in Grants Pass.

The second meeting will be in Wimer on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Evans Valley Education and Community Center. The location is 8205 East Evans Creek.

[Update: Sunday Evening, 7/22/18]

Addresses between 6392 and 7235 Pleasant Creek Road are under Level 3 (GO!) evacuation notices.

[Update: Sunday, 7/22/18]

The fire is 7,949 acres and is 10% contained.

[Update: Saturday Morning, 7/21/18]

Governor Kate Brown Saturday invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in response to the Garner Complex Fire.

The fires are 6,382 acres and 8% contained.

Governor Brown determined that a threat to life, safety, and property exists due to the fire, and the threat exceeds the firefighting capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment.

Shelter For Evacuees

Redwood Christian Church in Grants Pass is opening up their facility as an evacuation shelter.

The church has spots for sleeping (cots, sleeping bags, & air mattresses), showers, & adequate parking for RV (non-hook up).

The church location is 4995 Redwood Ave, Grants Pass, Oregon.

The Sheriff's Office says there is a shelter at Grants Pass High School.

[Update 7/20/18 4:46 p.m] - The Level 2 "Be Ready" evacuation notices for Graves Creek Road has been elevated to a Level 3 "Go!," according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

A portion of the Level 2 (Be Set) evacuation zone on Pleasant Creek Road has been increased to Level 3 (Go). This affects two addresses in map section 10: 7499 and 7948. Deputies are en route to notify residents in person.

Upon recommendation from fire officials, map section 21 will receive Level 2 (Be Set) notifications on Saturday morning. This affects 11 addresses west of the previous Level 2 zone. Residents are urged to prepare now.

[Update 7/20 3:41 p.m] - Below is the map of the fires withing the garner Complex:

To see the full map, click here for the InciWeb website.

[Original Story]

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office has issued an evacuation order for 58 addresses because of a fire within the Garner Complex north of Wimer.

A Level 2 "Be Set" evacuation notice is for Pleasant Creek Road between the addresses of 5047-7948.

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