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.