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.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Eldorado Fire update - Aug. 22, 2015

Oregon Dept. of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, Incident Commander

Eldorado Fire Information: (541) 446-3521

Current Fire Information
Firefighters were able to hold containment lines on the Eldorado Fire yesterday while facing strong winds with gusts in excess of 30 miles per hour. A couple of spot fires occurred on the northeast side of the fire, but crews and engines were able to respond quickly and maintain control.  The night shift continued mop up, prioritizing work in areas where there was still heat near the line.  Yesterday, much of the smoke in the area drifted in from the Canyon Creek Complex near John Day.

The weather forecast calls for mild temperatures, in the mid-70’s, and lighter winds, in the 6-11 mile per hour range on exposed ridges. However, minimum humidities will be 15-20% and the wind will be coming from the east to southeast for the first time in days.  So, different sections of the fire line could be tested. Crews will be continuing to work the areas with the most heat near the line today.  Rehabilitation work, such as removing berms, is beginning on dozer and hand lines to improve drainage and prevent erosion.

The fire remains at 20,611 acres and is 55 percent contained.

As of 9 p.m. on Aug. 21, there were 450 personnel assigned to the Eldorado Fire. Resources on the fire line include 13 crews, 15 dozers, 27 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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The Oregon Dept. of Forestry protects 16 million acres of private and public forestlands from wildfire. This includes all private forestlands in Oregon as well as state and local government-owned forests, along with 2.8 million acres of federal Bureau of Land Management lands in the western part of the state. In total there are about 30.4 million acres of forest in Oregon.

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The department fights fire aggressively, seeking to put out most fires at 10 acres or smaller. This approach minimizes damage to the timber resource and fish and wildlife habitat, and protects lives and property. It also saves money. While suppressing large fires can cost millions of dollars, economic and environmental damage from wildfires can be many times greater.


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