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





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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National weather forecasters are predicting the summer of 2018 will see above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Drought has already been declared in a number of counties in eastern and southern Oregon, with northwest Oregon also unusually dry for June. These conditions set the stage for potentially large, fast-moving wildfires.

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