Current situation

ODF's Southwest Oregon district has become the first to announce it will be declaring the start of fire season restrictions beginning Friday, June 1. The district has already reported having 34 wildfires burning 35 acres. Two-thirds (26) were caused by humans.

Statewide, the number of wildfires now exceeds 100, with 124 acres burned.



May is Wildfire Awareness Month, a time when homeowners are urged to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfire around their house and other structures. Among these are clearing debris from roofs and gutters, cutting back brush from around structures, and removing lower branches from trees.









Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Eldorado Fire Morning Update - Aug. 19


 
 

Unity, Ore. –  Night shift crews on the Eldorado Fire continued to stretch hose and pour water to the edges of the fire along the western and southwestern portions of the fire. The task at hand is to continue to strengthen line, burn out pockets of fuels back into the center of the fire and mop up in preparation for the wind event expected to arrive Thursday afternoon. The fire stands at 20,601 acres and 35 percent contained.

Resources are being shared from other fires in the area as needs arise. The Cornet-Windy Ridge Fire, for example, is sending a couple of crews to the Eldorado Fire for two days to further prepare for the impending cold front and increase in fire behavior. The Oregon National Guard is also supporting the suppression effort and provided three Blackhawk helicopters yesterday to perform water drop operations.

There are now 348 personnel assigned to the Eldorado Fire. Resources on the fireline include 11 crews, 12 dozers, 20 engines, 7 water-tenders and 4 helicopters. The National Guard is also assisting the suppression effort in the area with a host of Blackhawk helicopters.

All areas that have been in evacuation status are now under evacuation notification level 1 (Get Ready) of the three level system.

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

FIRE NAME: ELDORADO

LOCATION: 8 MILES SE OF UNITY

FIRE SIZE:  20,601 acres

CONTAINMENT: 35 %

CREWS:  11

ENGINES: 20

WATER TENDERS: 7

DOZERS: 12

HELICOPTERS: 4

AIR TANKERS: 0

TOTAL PERSONNEL: 348

ESTIMATED COST TO DATE: $1,500,000

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
 




 

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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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