Lane County firefighters to help with Garner Complex Fire

Crews from from Eugene-Springfield Fire, Coburg Fire, McKenzie Fire, Siuslaw Fire, and Roseburg Fire were called to assist with protecting homes near Grants Pass.

Posted: Jul. 21, 2018 6:38 PM
Updated: Jul. 22, 2018 2:28 PM

GOSHEN, Ore. --  The Garner Complex Fire is burning fast and crews from Lane, Douglas and Coos Counties are helping to fight the wildfire.

Crews from from Eugene-Springfield Fire, Coburg Fire, McKenzie Fire, Siuslaw Fire, and Roseburg Fire were called as a second task force to assist with protecting homes near Grants Pass on Saturday morning.

The first task force consisted of crews from Linn and Lane Counties to help fight the Substation Fire, burning in The Dalles. The Substation Fire is being investigated as arson. One person, 64-year-old John Ruby, was killed while trying to protect his neighbor's property. It has burned more than 50,000 acres in priceless grass and wheat fields.

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The Garner Complex Fire is burning more than 6,000 acres and is threatening several homes in the Grants Pass area.

Lane Fire Authority Chief Ney said a collaborative effort is essential to fighting fires.

"It's the way the system works in Oregon," said Chief Ney. "You know, we help the areas that need help and let them know if it needs to be reciprocated, it will be."

With crews in Lane County at the Garner Fire, Chief Ney said the only concern would be a major fire event breaking out in Lane County. He said if this were to happen, they can call in resources from other counties.

Chief Ney said it's uncertain how long crews will be needed in Grants Pass, and said there's still enough resources to keep Lane County covered.

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