News Release from Oregon Dept. of Forestry – Posted on FlashAlert: August 17th, 2015 9:55 AM
Unity, OR – Firefighters are making good progress on the Eldorado Fire despite working with half the personnel and equipment for a fire this size. The fire is currently 20.237 acres and 10 percent contained. Overnight crews removed fuel around a few structures and strengthened containment lines along the southern and western portions of the fire.
“Normally, on a fire this size over 300 firefighters would be constructing containment lines,” said Marvin Vetter, Operations Section Chief. “However, because of the many wildfires burning throughout the West the Eldorado Fire team is doing all it can with its limited resources.”
Today’s plan includes using hand crews to connect containment lines started by bull dozers on the northwest side of the fire. On the southwest corner of the fire crews anticipate building containment lines to help keep the fire on the east side of Ironside Mountain. Stronger winds are forecasted over the next few days that will challenge established containment lines and increase fire behavior.
Resources on the fire include seven 20-person crews, seven dozers, 12 engines and one helicopter.
The following evacuation level notifications remain in effect.
Level 1 (Ready): Shirts Creek; Job Creek and south of Job Creek Road; East of Bull Run Road; and south of Campbell Lane.
Level 2 (Set): Dry Gulch area and Ripley Gulch area.
Level 3 (Go): Beam Creek area; Eldorado Ditch area; Long Creek area (Baker County); Long Creek Reservoir; and Camp Creek south of Highway 26.
More information about evacuations available at: http://tinyurl.com/Evacuation-Level-Meaning
FIRE AT A GLANCE
FIRE NAME: ELDORADO
LOCATION: 8 MILES SE OF UNITY
FIRE SIZE: 20,237 acres
AIR TANKERS: 0
TOTAL PERSONNEL: 201
ESTIMATED COST TO DATE: $487,000
BAKER CITY JOINT INFORMATION CENTER: (541) 523-2905
Ready Set Go Evacuation Information: www.wildlandfirersg.org
Our mailing address is:
S 1st Ave
Unity, OR 97884
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