Current situation

Fires in the Garner Complex in Josephine County have burned close to a 1,000 acres since Sunday. ODF Incident Management Team 2 has taken command of the Complex to allow the Southwest Oregon District to focus on dozens of other lightning-sparked wildfires. While temperatures in many parts of Oregon won't be quite as hot today, conditions are drier than normal for this time of year. The U.S. Drought Monitor reports that 99% of Oregonians live in areas that are abnormally dry or in moderate drought, with southeast Oregon already in severe drought.

Many ODF districts and forest protective associations have raised their fire danger level and tightened restrictions on activities linked to fire starts. Check ODF's fire restrictions and closures web page for the latest details at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx





Sunday, August 23, 2015

Eldorado Fire update - 08-23-15

Oregon Dept. of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, incident commander
 
Fire Information: (541) 446-3521
 
Current Fire Information
Crews continued to mop up the Eldorado Fire yesterday and last night, focusing on those areas that still contained some heat within 300 feet of the line.  That work continues today including gridding and cold trailing, or carefully inspecting and feeling with the hand for heat to detect any fire. 
Rehabilitation work will also take place, with the objective of minimizing erosion resulting from hand and dozer line construction by blocking access, removing berms, water barring, repairing ditches, and pulling removed vegetation back into control lines near streams and dry creek beds.  Hose will be removed from sections of the line where there is no longer any potential for the fire to escape.
The weather forecast calls for warmer temperatures in the 80’s, relative humidities of 15-20 percent and gusty winds from the south of up to 15 miles per hour on the ridges.  Those conditions, along with unstable air, have warranted a Red Flag warning from noon today until late Monday evening.
Interagency investigators concluded the El Dorado fire was caused by lightning hold over.
The fire remains at 20,611 acres and is 65 percent contained.
As of 8 p.m. on Aug. 22 there were 358 personnel assigned to the Eldorado Fire. Resources on the fire line include 10 crews, 12 dozers, 23 engines, 7 water-tenders and 2 helicopters.
The Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 3 (IMT) will also assume command of the Cornet-Windy Ridge fire from the Southwest IMT on Monday morning, Aug. 24, 2015 at 6 a.m. The Cornet-Windy Ridge fire is also in the mop-up and rehabilitation stage with very little fire activity.
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