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Chetco Bar Fire

Unit Information

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3040 Biddle Rd.
Medford, OR 97504

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Safety officer Joe stands near a large old growth tree within the fire perimeter.Image options: [ Full Size ]

As of 10/20/17 this page will no longer be updated.

A final daily update was produced and posted on 10/20. If significant events occur then a press release will be created and posted on the Rogue River - Siskiyou National Forest FaceBook and Twitter pages. When closure order changes occur the information will be posted to the Forest website as well as social media.

For the 10/20 update click the "News" link above.

On October 18th, the Chetco Bar Fire transitioned from a Type 3 to a Type 4 organization. The Incident Command Post (ICP) remains at the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Gold Beach Ranger District office.

Pacific Northwest Type 1 Team 2 transferred command of the Chetco Bar Fire to a Type 3 organization on October 6th at 8 p.m. The Type 3 organization established the ICP at the Ranger District office. The previous ICP on Shopping Center Avenue and the camp located on the south end of Brookings is closed.

An area closure remains in effect for portions of the Rogue River - Siskiyou National Forest. This closure includes the Japanese bomb site. For public and firefighter safety please abide by all closure orders and signage. For more information regarding the closures, please visit the Forests' websites at and

Please be mindful of crews in transit and slow-moving heavy equipment on the roads. 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.

BAER Team:
A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team assessed post-fire impacts and compiled a report for the Rogue River - Siskiyou National Forest. The team was comprised of US Forest Service, National Park Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration employees. These specialists conducted field surveys, used science-based models to rapidly assess watersheds, inventoried resources at risk and gauged the need for emergency measures and treatments on National Forest lands. The goal is to minimize threats to life or property and to stabilize and prevent unacceptable degradation to natural and cultural resources resulting from fire effects. For more details check the Inciweb page, Chetco Bar Post Fire -BAER.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginWednesday July 12th, 2017 approx. 01:45 PM
LocationSixteen miles west of Selma, OR
Incident CommanderRich Reneau, ICT4 David Maynard, ICT4(t)
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates42.297 latitude, -123.954 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel34
Size191,125 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory) Medium Logging Slash

Chaparral(6 feet)

Fuel types in the fire area include Douglas fir stands of various age classes, tan oak, canyon oak, and dense brush fields of manzanita and ceanothus in the older fire scars. Fire scars also contain numerous snags and heavy dead/down fuels. The oak leaf litter will readily support active surface fire spread when dry. Low live fuel moistures in the brush fuels will allow them to actively burn. Some areas within the harvested cut blocks have heavy slash fuel loads and large slash piles.

Significant Events

Minimal, Creeping, Smoldering



Acreage by Agency:

BLM 6,767

State 225

Private 15,243

USFS 168,886