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.