Unity, OR – Firefighters on the Eldorado Fire eight miles southeast of Unity are attacking the fire with what night Operations Section Chief Eric Perkins has coined as an “Engine Brigade.”
With an abundance of fire activity taking place in the northwest, firefighting resources are hard to come by. The night shift on this fire will be composed of three division supervisors and six engine crews. Fire officials are hopeful in obtaining additional personnel and equipment in the next couple of days. Three helicopters are also assigned to the fire.
The fire currently stands at 18,600 acres with zero percent
Highway 26, which is now open to motorists, splits the fire with much of the activity burning toward the south in the Ironside Mountain area. While the fire to the north and northeast of the highway is looking good, firefighters plan to work the south and southeast edges near Rose Creek Road, where suppression efforts will be more effective in lighter fuels such as grass and sage brush.
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.
Cooperating agencies on the fire include the Oregon Department of Forestry, Ironside Rangeland Protection Association, Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.