Chetco Bar Fire Joint Information Press Release
August 19, 2017
Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
Fire Information: (541) 414-4489, (541) 316-5816, and (541) 247-3680
Following the advice of the Chetco Bar Incident Management Team, and the expected fire behavior, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office has expanded the area under a Level 3 Evacuation Order to include some residents previously under a Level 2 Evacuation Order. A Level 3 Evacuation (GO!) means residents within this area should leave immediately. Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home.
The area under a Level 2 Evacuation Order has also expanded. Level 2 Evacuation (Be Ready) means residents within this are should be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk.
The current Evacuation Map is available here.
Brooking Police Department and the Del Norte Sheriff’s Office is assisting the Curry County Sheriff’s Office with making notification to residents within the affected evacuation area.
Displaced residents may relocate to the evacuation shelter at the Brookings-Harbor High School (625 Pioneer Rd, Brookings, 97415). The American Red Cross is staffing this shelter. Travelers in campers and motels are asked to relocate elsewhere along the Oregon coast. Residents should make arrangements to move property and livestock. People with special health needs or other concerns should relocate during the warning.
The Sheriff’s Office is turning back public traffic at North Bank Chetco River Road and Gardner Ridge. Travelers should avoid this area so that law enforcement and firefighting resources can respond to this emergency.
Residents in Curry County who have a landline will receive emergency notifications via that number. For residents who do not have a landline, or want to receive notifications on a cell phone need to sign up for Emergency Alerts. Curry County residents can sign up for Emergency Alerts on the Curry County website, or directly at https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736723773#/login.
There will be a Community Meeting on Sunday at 3 p.m., at the Azalea Middle School, 505 Pacific Ave, Brookings, Oregon.
Red Flag Warning:
There is a Red Flag Warning in effect from 5pm this afternoon (8/19) to noon on Sunday (8/20) for strong gusty winds with low relative humidity in the area of the wildfire. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create extreme fire growth potential.