Curry County, OR—Fire personnel are continuing to monitor fire activity on the Chetco Bar Fire this morning. The fire burning in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness roughly six miles west of Pearsoll Peak and twenty miles northeast of Brookings remains at 45 acres. No structures are threatened.
The fire is burning in a mosaic of the 2002 Biscuit Fire scar and portions of brush that were untouched by any previous fire. It is low to moderate in intensity and is spreading slowly in all directions. Accessibility and dangerous terrain pose the largest risk to our crews at this time.
Throughout the day, crews will be exploring access points from the outer edge of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness looking into the fire. Although we will begin with the big picture, the goal is to locate ridgelines closer to the fire’s perimeter that will allow us safe access to take action. Scouting and gathering information in order to get our plan refined will help us keep everyone safe as we manage this fire. Currently, there are no safety zones for crews anywhere remotely accessible to the fire due to the steep slope, dense forest and an abundance of snags from previous fires.
We will not have firefighters back on the ground fighting this fire until we can do so safely and efficiently. While this does mean that the fire will continue to grow, it also guarantees that our crews have time to plan an attack that involves minimal risk when it comes to human life.
While we are developing our strategy moving forward, we will only be using aircraft for recon purposes. We would like to thank our partners and the community in advance for being patient and cooperating with us at this time as we continue to keep the public and firefighter safety our priority.