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Garner Complex Fire containment on the rise

The fires are more than 80 percent contained.

Posted: Aug 6, 2018 11:29 AM
Updated: Aug 13, 2018 10:11 AM

UPDATE: The Garner Complex Fire's containment level continues to rise, with 200 people working the fire as of the weekend.

The fires are burning almost 9,000 acres near Grants Pass in Josephine County.

Containment is now about 87 percent. 

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UPDATE: Firefighters from Lane County Task Force 26 that were sent to help with the Garner Complex Fire were demobilized Tuesday afternoon.

The complex has been burning near Grants Pass in Josephine County, and the team has been helping protect homes for nearly two weeks. 

The firefighters were expected to arrive at the Goshen Fire District Station Tuesday night.

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MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- The state Department of Forestry says the Garner Complex Fire, burning since mid-July in southwestern Oregon, is now more than 80 percent contained.

The agency said in a news release Monday that crews using infrared scanners to detect pockets of heat near containment lines are finding fewer hot spots. Extinguishing the remaining ones is at the top of the agenda for crews on Monday.

No hot spots pose a threat to the fire's control lines.

The fires are expected to be fully contained by week's end. The lightning-sparked blazes have cost more than $40 million to fight.\

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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