Friday, August 17, 2018

Oregon Department of Forestry assists with Eli Creek Fire

Pilot Rock, OR- ODF Northeast Oregon resources are assisting with a fast moving, wind-driven wildfire located approximately 15 miles southwest of Pilot Rock. The Eli Creek Fire is estimated at 3,000 acres and is burning within ½ mile of the Northeast Oregon District boundary. Gusty winds and light fuels are affecting the spread of the fire.

The cause of the fire was lightning from Thursday’s storms. Resources on scene include four dozers, five engines, five single-engine air tankers (SEATs), two heavy air tankers, two Type 1 helicopters, two Type 2 helicopters, and numerous landowner resources.

The Blue Mountain Interagency Type 3 team will take command of the fire tomorrow. Resources will be on scene tonight continuing to establish and improve control lines.

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