Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

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:

FIRE SIZE: 20,070 acres

(541) 523-2905

Ready Set Go Evacuation Information: 

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


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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick mountain snowpack. It didn't take long for that to melt and vegetation to dry out due to a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather over the summer. As forest fuels dried, fires started and spread, many from lands adjacent to those protected by ODF, such as the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County. That one fire accounted for 46% of the 47,537 acres of land protected by ODF which burned in 2017. Of fires originating on ODF-protected land, 95% were put out at less than 10 acres.

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