Current situation

Lightning mainly east of the Cascade crest is a concern through mid-week as it is a key source of new wildfire starts, often in remote and difficult terrain. Firefighters are still battling many large existing fires across Oregon, most of them started by earlier lightning storms.








Saturday, August 15, 2015

FIRE UPDATE: CORNET, WINDY RIDGE, EAGLE COMPLEX & EL DORADO FIRES

Firefighters welcomed the cooler weather and lighter winds last night but wind gusts and fire conditions remain unpredictable. During the day, fire was driven by wind and there was extreme crowning of fire in trees with several spot fires. Local fire resources from Baker County are being assisted by nearly 700 firefighters and personnel from around the state.

Evacuations
Level 3=Go! Level 2=Be Ready Level 1=Get Set

For more details about evacuation instructions, visit http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/Documents/Ready,%20Set,%20Go!%20Evacuation%20Levels.

CORNET
Level 1 (READY) - Elk Creek Lane to Griffin Gulch Lane
Level 2 (GET SET) -Bridgeport
Level 3 (GO) -Beaver Creek -Black Mountain -Denny Creek -French Gulch -Greater Gowen Valley Rural Fire to French Gulch -Old Auburn Ln

WINDY RIDGE
Level 1 (READY) - Durkee
Level 2 (GET SET) - Sutton Creek
Level 3 (GO) -Alder Creek -Burnt River Canyon -Dry Creek -Cry Creek Cutoff -Ebell Creek -Hill Creek Rd.

EL DORADO
Level 1 (READY) - East of Bull Run Rd. -Job Creek & South of Job Creek -South of Campbell Ln
Level 2 (GET SET) -Dry Gulch Area -Ripley Gulch Area
Level 3 (GO) -Beam Creek Area (Malheur County) -Camp Creek South of Hwy 26 -Eldorado Ditch Area -Long Creek Area (Baker County) -Long Creek Reservoir/Campground -Ironside (Malheur County)

EAGLE COMPLEX
Level 1 (READY)
Level 2 (GET SET) -FS 77 Rd. -Bennett Peak Area -Main Eagle Area -Tamarack Campground
Level 3 (GO)

Road Closures
Highway 245 still closed 11 miles north of Hereford
Highway 7 has reopened
Highway 26 closed from milepost 213-231
Interstate 84 has reopened, but may need to close again depending on fire conditions

Structure Loss
Several structures have been destroyed by the fires. Field crews are still working to determine exact numbers and locations. In some cases, assessments are hampered by dangerous trees that still need to be felled before crews or residents can safely access the area. Some homes were saved due to work done in advance by homeowners and firefighters to create a defensible space and keep areas wet and clear. For more information about improving your home's odds of withstanding a wildfire, visit http://www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/homewildfiresafety.asp

Areas Affected 
Cornet Fire - 26,000 acres, five percent contained
Windy Ridge Fire - 22,862 acres
Eagle Fire Complex - 900 acres
El Dorado Fire -12,000 acres

Shelters
The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at the Baker City Middle School with 100 beds currently available. The shelter is open 24-hours and has food, bedding and toiletries for evacuees. For more shelter information, contact David Morman at 503-569-1380.

Incident Priorities
Night fire crews are working on triaging and preparing structures near fire areas.

Weather Forecast & Smoke Conditions
Temperatures are expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 82. Less wind is expected for the weekend. Shifting winds will impact fire operations and pose safety concerns for fire commanders.

Smoke
Numerous fires in Baker County and the surrounding area may make smoke an issue. To monitor the air quality index, the public can access the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's website at www.deq.state.or.us/aqi.

Recreation Areas 
Regulated closures are in effect on State and private lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) in northeast and central Oregon. Please check with your local Oregon Department of Forestry office for public use restrictions on lands protected by ODF. Visit the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch webpage at: www.bmidc.org or contact a local Oregon Department of Forestry office for more complete information.

Similar restrictions may be in effect on State and private lands protected by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (WA-DNR). More information can be found on the WA-DNR website at: http://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/firedanger/BurnRisk.aspx.


Contact Info:
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER / JIC Phone Number: 541-523-2905
Cynthia Orlando, 503-510-7972 (leave message)

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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick snowpack at higher elevations which will take some time to melt. However, even in non-drought years Oregon's warm, dry summers create conditions that allow for fire to start and spread. In an average summer firefighters still see almost a thousand fires on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.



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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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