Emergency!

Chetco Bar Fire Update – October 16, 2017

The Chetco Bar FaceBook page is no longer being updated. Information will continue to be posted on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest FaceBook page, the link can be found below.

Officials flew the fire yesterday and the only smoke observed was in the Wheeler Creek drainage and a small puff on Mt. Emily. After multiple warm, dry, and windy days over the fire area, this minimal fire activity is good news. The fire continues to slowly back down to the FR240 Road where firefighters are working to extinguish any areas of heat. Specially trained groups of tree fallers continue working on the 1376 Road to clear it of all Burned Area Emergency Response identified hazard trees. By this afternoon, 6 road graders will be working to repair roads within the fire area. Additional suppression repair work was identified yesterday; fire personnel will begin work on the area today.

The Type 3 organization that is currently managing the Chetco Bar Fire is preparing to transition the fire to a Type 4 organization later this week.

Fire officials would like to remind the public that road and area closures are in place for everyone’s safety. Please obey all closure orders and signs, as there are many hazards still in the fire area. The Japanese Bomb site remains closed as well.

Weather:

Clear skies, dry air, and some light east winds are expected over the fire area again today. The current pattern is forecasted to shift to stronger south to southwest winds and potential rain starting on Wednesday.

Safety:

Drive cautiously with headlights on at all times when firefighters and equipment are in the area. Motorists may notice an increase in traffic on forest roads, as it is deer hunting rifle season.

Closures:

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest closure order narrative and map is available on Inciweb at: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5385/ “Know before you go” by calling (541) 618-2200 or visiting www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices.

BAER:

The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team public meeting video will soon be available online. For more on BAER Team activities and their findings, visit the “Chetco Bar Post-Fire BAER” Inciweb page.