Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3040 Biddle Rd. Medford OR. 97504 Oregon
Medford, OR 97504
Community Meeting The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is hosting a public meeting at 6:00 p.m. today at the Illinois Valley High School (625 E. River Street, Cave Junction, OR) to provide a Chetco Bar Fire history and update.
Today Suppression repair work – restoring no-longer needed firelines to a more stable, natural state by chipping, dragging brush, and installing waterbars to prevent erosion – will continue in most areas of the Chetco Bar Fire. Crews will also continue to patrol for and extinguish remaining hotspots and monitor previously secured areas from the air and ground. No visible smoke or heat was detected on the Indigo fire yesterday and repair work has been completed.
Closures and Safety In order to allow public access for hunting and recreating, the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest closure area has been reduced in size following completion of important repair work by fire personnel. Areas to the north and northwest of the Chetco Bar Fire are now open. Other areas of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management Coos Bay District remain closed due to residual fire activity, heavy equipment in transit, and hazards presented by fire-weakened trees. For public and firefighter safety, please adhere to closures, whether staffed by road guards or unstaffed, and “know before you go” by calling (541) 618-2200 or visiting www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices. Deer hunting rifle season opens today. Hunters are asked to please be aware that there are still firefighters working throughout the Chetco Bar and Indigo fire areas, including those areas where the closure has been lifted.
Weather and Fire Behavior A northwest flow over the fire area is expected through Tuesday, resulting in cooler and damper conditions. High temperatures of 65-70° and inland winds of 5-10 mph are predicted for today. Fire behavior is expected be minimal and limited to smoldering stump holes.
Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) The TFR over the Chetco Bar Fire area has been lifted. However, in case of any unplanned changes, pilots are encouraged to continue to check for the most current update at tfr.faa.gov before flying near the area.