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
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.aspx
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
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.
Night fire crews are working on triaging and preparing structures near fire areas.
Weather Forecast & Smoke Conditions
Tomorrow, 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. 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.
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.