Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, Incident Commander
Baker County Joint Information Center: (541) 523-2905
August 20, 2015
NOTE: Updates will now occur once daily before 10 a.m. unless significant changes or events take place during an operation period.
Unity, Ore. – At approximately 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, a helicopter working on the Eldorado Fire eight miles southeast of Unity experienced a hard landing. The incident occurred on the western portion of the fire near King Creek in the vicinity of a medical unit serving firefighters on the line. Both occupants exited the helicopter unhurt and were transported by ambulance to St. Alphonsus Ontario Medical Center for further evaluation.
Current Fire InformationFirefighters continue to prepare for the pending weather change that is expected to bring increased winds to the area over the next two days. The incident meteorologist assigned to the fire says winds will elevate this afternoon out of the west along the ridge tops. The strongest winds are expected to arrive Friday morning and could be as strong as 40 miles per hour out of the north/northwest. Crews continue to work with aircraft to strengthen southern containment lines along the east side of Ironside Mountain and mop up hot spots to prevent hot embers from crossing. The fire is now 20,611 acres and 40 percent contained.
On a separate note, Highway 245 from Unity to Baker City is now open. Motorists should travel with caution due to fire traffic still in the area.
There are now 435 personnel assigned to the Eldorado Fire. Resources on the fireline include 14 crews, 15 dozers, 26 engines, 7 water-tenders and 4 helicopters.