With scattered rain showers and high relative humidity (RH) levels reducing fire activity over the last several days, fire crews have continue to conduct patrols identifying areas for suppression repair while continuing mop up operations. Slash chipping and equipment recovery have become the primary focus of fire crews as they begin the process of returning containment lines to their previously natural states. Fire suppression repair is a major concern after every wildfire. Left disturbed, containment lines can affect natural drainages causing soil erosion, stunting natural vegetation recovery, damaging fish habitats, and reducing water quality. Repair crews work to limit these effects through a variety of techniques, including the installation of water bars. Water bars divert the flow of rain or run off and prevent the water from carving channels through the recently disturbed soil. Crews also use heavy equipment to backfill soil from trenches and dozer lines, while also recontouring disturbed surface areas. Once the natural contour has been restored crews spread tree limbs, slash, and stones across the site creating a natural forest floor effect that will aid in the recovery of area vegetation, and erosion mitigation.
Closures and Evacuations: No evacuation orders are in effect for both Curry and Josephine Counties. Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and Bureau of Land Management Coos Bay District road and area closures remain in effect for all public lands adjacent to the Chetco Bar Fire area. These areas are closed to all uses. For further information visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts- notices or call (541) 618-2200.
Weather: Last night brought more scattered showers and light winds (5-10mph) out of the southwest. Today will be a chance of isolated showers in the morning with afternoon clearing. Temperatures will begin to rise today as the start to warmer and dryer weather over the next week. Light winds from the southwest, combined with rain showers, have limited smoke impact for local communities resulting in improved air quality.
Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) are in effect over the Chetco Bar Fire area. For more information see: http://tfr.faa.gov/