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.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Eldorado Fire update - 08-21-15

Baker County Joint Information Center: (541) 523-2905

August 21, 2015

NOTE: Updates are now occurring once daily before 10:00 a.m. unless significant changes or events take place during an operation period.

Current Fire Information
Firefighters continue to prepare for the looming weather event that is expected to bring up to 30 mile per hour northwest wind gusts to the Eldorado fire as early as 9 a.m. today. The incident meteorologist and fire behavior analyst cautioned firefighters to “keep their guard up,” with a red flag warning issued until late this evening. Efforts on the fire line will continue to focus on strengthening containment lines and extinguishing hot spots that could allow the fire to escape. The Day Operations Chief asked resources to be nimble. If any section of the line gets challenged he vowed to “bring a gun to a knife fight” by shifting resources in response to catch the fire. Two Type 2 helicopters, capable of delivering 360-gal. bucket drops, are available in support and two additional ships can be requested. The fire remains at 20,611 acres and is 50 percent contained.

As of 8:30 p.m. Aug. 20, there were 492 personnel assigned to the Eldorado Fire. Resources on the fire line include 15 hand crews, 15 bulldozers, 27 fire engines, 7 water-tenders and 4 helicopters.


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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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