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Chetco Bar Fire

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

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Chetco Bar Fire Daily Update, Curry County, September 16, 2017

Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire
News – 9/16/2017

Last night a community meeting was held at the Winchuck Fire Station on the Winchuck River Road. Unified Incident Commanders Beth Lund of Great Basin Team 1, and Tom Savage of the Coos Forest Protective Association presented a briefing on Chetco Bar Fire suppression efforts to members of the community. The Incident Commanders then participated in a question and answer session, where residents concerns were addressed. The meeting was well attended.

This morning Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and General Joseph Lengyel, National Guard Bureau Chief, along with several guests and staff members visited firefighters at the Chetco Bar Fire Camp in Brookings. Senator Merkley and General Lengyel attended the 6:00 am operational briefing, and spoke with firefighters.

After the camp tour, the group traveled to the Brookings Emergency Operations Center where they met with city and county officials and received an update on the effects of the fire on the community. This will be followed by a helicopter overflight of the fire area to allow Senator Merkley and General Lengyel to access the situation first hand.

The southeastern perimeter within the Kalmiopsis Wilderness from Hawk Creek west to Chetco Lake has been contained. Firefighters will continue burning operations to strengthen control lines on the southern perimeter, along the 1205 Road, and southwest towards Wheeler Creek. Moderate fire activity was observed on the northwest perimeter near Snow Camp Mountain, where crews continue to construct and strengthen control lines. Patrol and mop operations are proceeding along the western side of the fire.

Fire crews are working to retrieve some of the 205-miles of hose that has been deployed during suppression efforts. This and other equipment is being pulled from areas that have been secured. The focus of operations in these areas is shifting from fire suppression to suppression rehabilitation. Crews will work to repair hand and dozer lines, and install water bars to prevent erosion.

Smoke impacts continue to be light to moderate in communities surrounding the fire, but overall, air quality continues to improve.

Closures and Evacuations: Level 1 and Level 2 evacuation orders remain in effect for portions of Brookings-Harbor and the Upper Winchuck areas. Forest area, road, and trail closures are still in effect. For further information visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices

Weather: The extended forecast indicates the fire area could receive scattered rain showers beginning Sunday and continuing into Monday and Tuesday of next week. Lower temperatures, higher humidity's and possible wetting rain will assist in fire suppression.

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) are in effect over the Chetco Bar Fire area. For more information see: http://tfr.faa.gov/

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