Taylor Creek Fire breaks away from Garner Complex

The Garner Complex is 60 percent contained.

Posted: Jul 26, 2018 5:15 PM
Updated: Jul 31, 2018 3:14 PM

UPDATE: With the Taylor Creek Fire breaking away from the Garner Complex, the once 31,000-acre fire is now only burning nearly 9,000 acres.

Before the split, records showed over 2,600 firefighters were battling the complex fire, which is now 65 percent contained. 

The Taylor Creek Fire is nearly 25,000 acres, and containment is not 20 percent. A new team of firefighters are on that fire trying to protect stuctures. 

The fires were started by lightning, and local crews said they have been difficult to contain.

KEZI has obtained new video from the Garner Complex.

The Garner Complex is moving toward the Rogue River and has forced evacuations in areas of Merlin and Grants Pass. Further evacuations were ordered Monday afternoon, but no structures have been lost.

Smoke is still making the air unhealthy and hazardous in the area.

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- Firefighters are worried the Garner Complex Fire will spread even more in southern Oregon.

The fires are now burning more than 21,000 acres. The complex fire is only 19 percent contained.

Crews are making sure the fire line stays secure as they defend homes threatened by the fires.

Governor Kate Brown took a tour of the fires Thursday in Jackson and Josephine counties.

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