Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3040 Biddle Rd.
Medford, OR 97504
Curry County, OR—Over the past 24-hours, fire personnel from the U.S. Forest Service have been using tools and technology to gather intel and gain a more accurate picture of the fire. The Chetco Bar Fire is now mapped at just over 300 acres. Up until this point, the size of the fire was based off estimates; therefore, the current size up does not mean the fire grew suddenly overnight.
Keeping public health and safety at the forefront of our minds, the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is putting road and trail closures in place as a precaution. The following closures will take effect immediately: Forest Service Road (FSR) 4103-087 from the beginning of the gated road west to the terminus at Chetco Pass, Trail 1117 and all of its tributary trails from its junction with Trail 1124 west to Tincup Creek, Trail 1124 and all of its tributary trails from its junction with FSR 087 northwest to its terminus at Mount Billingslea Summit and Trail 1125 and all of its tributary trails from Pearsoll Peak Trailhead north to its junction with Trail 1124. For more information and details regarding the closures, please visit the Forest’s website at http://bit.ly/2ufMQWb.
Currently, there is one 10-person crew working on the east side of the fire roughly six miles from the perimeter. The firefighters on the ground are making headway on connecting and strengthening contingency lines. Today, a 20-person crew will be inserted along the west side of the fire, also roughly six miles from the fire’s edge. They will be mirroring the work being done on the east side, as well as locating natural features that can be used as trigger points throughout the fire’s progression. We will have separate leadership on the east and west sides of the fire in order to keep firefighter safety a priority. Presently, both crews will be working in areas with designated escape routes and safety zones.
The fire believed to be started by a holdover lightning strike was first reported on July 12, 2017. The Chetco Bar Fire is burning in a combination of multiple fire scars, unburned deciduous and conifer forest, as well as brush up to five feet tall. The body of the fire is located in the center of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness just north of the Chetco River, six air miles west of Pearsoll Peak and roughly eighteen air miles northwest of Cave Junction.
The fire is still spreading rather uniformly and is burning at a low to moderate intensity throughout the understory. Today, weather is forecasted to continue to work in the fire’s favor with temperatures in the mid to low 70’s and mild northwest winds. In addition to today’s ground work, fire crews will continue to work on pinpointing potential camera locations for further fire behavior observation and analysis.
For up to date Chetco Bar Fire information, visit the fire’s page at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5385/. For additional information regarding the Chetco Bar Fire, the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest fire danger rating and forest recreation material, please visit our Facebook page, U.S. Forest Service- Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, or @R6RRSNF.