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The Garner Complex of fires burning in Jackson and Josephine Counties has grown to 19,944 acres.

Posted: Jul 25, 2018 6:25 PM
Updated: Jul 25, 2018 6:37 PM

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. -- The Garner Complex of fires burning in Jackson and Josephine Counties has grown to 19,944 acres. 

Deborah Mailho and her husband Ron were told their home was in a level 2 'Be Set' evacuation zone last Friday.

The couple has lived at their home in the 4,000 block of Pleasant Creek Drive for 25 years. 

"We've had fires before but nothing this close," Mailho said. 

She said the couple heard a rumor that their home had fallen into a level 3 'Go' zone, and they decided to leave. After discovering they were still in a level 2 zone, the couple decided to play it safe and stay with family.

"We're not as concerned about our stuff, it's just stuff, we took our valuables, we took our sentimentals, you know things that we've had handed down to us, our pictures," Mailho said. 

Inconvenience aside, she said they are grateful for the thousands of firefighters working to keep them safe.

"It's a huge effort and they've come to our community to help us so I think we should be very considerate of them and help them as much as we can not be a hindrance to them," Mailho said. 

She said they've always known they were living in an area that could be prone to fires, which is why they put in a one-acre lawn around their home. 

"We keep it watered, we do our best to be good stewards of our place," Mailho said. 

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