News Release from Oregon Dept. of Forestry – Posted on FlashAlert: August 21st, 2015 10:13 AM
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY
INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM 3
LINK SMITH, INCIDENT COMMANDER
Baker County Joint Information Center: (541) 523-2905
ELDORADO FIRE DAILY UPDATE
August 21, 2015 –
NOTE: Updates are now occurring once daily before 10:00 a.m. unless significant changes or events take place during an operation period.
Unity, Ore. –
Current Fire Information
Firefighters continue to prepare for the looming weather event that is expected to bring up to 30 mile per hour northwest wind gusts to the Eldorado fire as early as 9:00 a.m. today. The incident meteorologist and fire behavior analyst cautioned firefighters to “keep their guard up”, with a red flag warning issued until late this evening. Efforts on the fire line will continue to focus on strengthening containment lines and extinguishing hot spots that could allow the fire to escape. The Day Operations Chief asked resources to be nimble. If any section of the line gets challenged he vowed to “bring a gun to a knife fight” by shifting resources in response to catch the fire. Two Type Two helicopters, capable of dumping 360 gallon bucket drops, are available in support and two additional ships can be requested. The fire remains at 20,611 acres and is 50 percent contained.
As of 2030 on 8/20/2015 there were 492 personnel assigned to the Eldorado Fire. Resources on the fireline include 15 crews, 15 dozers, 27 engines, 7 water-tenders and 4 helicopters.