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.


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Eldorado Fire Evening Update - Sunday, August 16, 2015

Eldorado Fire Evening Update - Aug. 16


Unity, Ore. –  20-person hand crews have started trickling in to support the bulldozers and engines that have been working on the Eldorado Fire the past three days. The fire is now 20,070 acres and 10 percent contained. Today bulldozers continued developing containment lines in moderate terrain. Hand crews will scrape fire trails in many areas that bulldozers can’t go. Because of the many fires burning across Oregon and Washington, the people and equipment available for containing these fires is spread thin.

“The weather and the number of large fires burning in the Pacific Northwest have made this fire difficult,” said Incident Commander Link Smith. “However, we’ve put a plan together that we feel will help us meet our objectives, which is to minimize acres burned while keeping safety for the public and firefighters a top priority.”

This afternoon the wind stoked the fire front on the fire’s west and south sides. Weather reports from the Boise Weather Center predict a dry cold front coming through the area early Monday with 10-15 mile per hour winds. Fire incident meteorologists are calling for more difficult weather toward the end of the week.

Tonight, engine crews will work through the night to extinguish hot spots along the fire’s edge and strengthen containment lines.

Resources on the fire include four 20-person crews, seven dozers, 12 engines and one helicopter.

The following evacuation level notifications remain in effect.

Level 1 (Ready): Shirts Creek; Job Creek and south of Job Creek Road; East of Bull Run Road; and south of Campbell Lane.

Level 2 (Set): Dry Gulch area and Ripley Gulch area.

Level 3 (Go): Beam Creek area; Eldorado Ditch area; Long Creek area (Baker County); Long Creek Reservoir; and Camp Creek south of Highway 26.

More information about evacuations available at: http://tinyurl.com/Evacuation-Level-Meaning

  
FIRE AT A GLANCE
FIRE NAME: ELDORADO
LOCATION: 8 MILES SE OF UNITY
FIRE SIZE: 20,070 acres
CONTAINMENT: 10%
CREWS: 4
ENGINES: 12
DOZERS: 7
HELICOPTERS: 1
AIR TANKERS: 0
TOTAL PERSONNEL: 201
ESTIMATED COST TO DATE: $134,000

MORE INFORMATION:
BAKER CITY JOINT INFORMATION CENTER:
(541) 523-2905
 http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4502/
 www.facebook.com/ElDoradoFire2015
eldoradofire2015@gmail.com
#EldoradoFire

Ready Set Go Evacuation Information:
www.wildlandfirersg.org 


Our mailing address is:
Eldorado Fire
S 1st Ave
Unity, OR 97884

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