2015 another severe fire season

By mid-October 2016, ODF's net expenditures on large wildfires stood at $13.2 million. The lack of dry lightning played a significant role in the moderate firefighting costs this season. In 2015, large-fire costs totaled $29.6 million.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Brief Eldorado Fire Evening Update - Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 8 p.m. PDT


Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, Incident Commander

Brief Eldorado Fire Evening Update - Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 8 p.m. PDT

 
Firefighters had a good day on the Eldorado Fire today.  Containment lines held when the strong afternoon winds fanned other fires to life. As blue skies filled with smoke in nearly all directions surrounding Unity, Division Supervisor and Fire Behavior Analyst, Mike Haasken, said, "It isn't ours."  

Success today gives fire managers confidence going into tomorrow, but does not breed over confidence. Night resources headed out for the shift change, as will the day shift at 0600, to help further prepare lines for tomorrow's afternoon windy gusts.

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