Unity, Ore. – The Eldorado and the Cornet-Windy Ridge fires remain unchanged in size as firefighters continue to douse hot spots within their respective perimeters. The Eldorado Fire is 20,611 acres and 75 percent contained and the Cornet-Windy Ridge Fire is 103,877 acres and 80 percent contained. Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team #3 will return management responsibilities back to the respective agencies tomorrow morning.
Through Monday, both fires under the Type 1 organization included a total of 293 personnel. Today, the Cornet-Windy Ridge Fire will have 1 20-person crew, 7 engines, 1 water tender and 2 dozers while the Eldorado Fire will have 1 20-person crew, 8 engines, and 2 dozers. Each fire will have 4 engines and a 20-person hand crew for several more days to continue mop up and rehabilitation activities.
The fire team would like to take this opportunity and thank all of the communities in Baker and Malheur counties for their hospitality and support during the fire suppression effort.
Now that the smoke has subsided over the two fires, residents should continue to treat fire season with respect. Everyone is encouraged to follow current fire season restrictions to prevent human caused fires.
In addition, residents who live in the wildland urban interface, where communities border forests and grazing lands, should always be prepared before fire happens. Have a plan that includes making arrangements for persons with special needs, livestock and pets. Learn more about the Ready Set Go Program at www.wildlandfirersg.org/. While defensible space is encouraged to provide additional protection against wildfires, please refrain from using power driven machinery until fire season is declared over.