Chetco Bar Fire News Release

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Chetco Bar Fire News Release

Chetco Bar Fire Daily Update, October 1, 2017

Incident: Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire
Released: 10/1/2017

Indigo Fire is 100% contained today. Crews have steadily progressed, repairing firelines surrounding and within the perimeter of the Chetco Bar Fire.

A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team is on scene, assessing post-fire impacts. This team, comprised of scientists and resource specialists, is evaluating watershed conditions to determine the level of potential risk to human life, safety, property, and natural and cultural-heritage resources. The resultant analysis informs land managers’ decision-making. The objective is to swiftly implement appropriate and effective emergency stabilization measures on federal lands to reduce risks from potential flooding and debris flow.


Closures 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. To view the closure narrative and map, visit Inciweb at: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5385/. As closures evolve, they are posted here – for ease of viewing and comparison.

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. “Know before you go” by calling (541) 618-2200 or visiting www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices.


Safety Deer hunting rifle season is in full swing. Motorists will notice an increase in traffic on forest roads. Practice defensive driving techniques, using headlights to alert other drivers to your presence. Be mindful of crews in transit and slow-moving heavy equipment. 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
Expect partly cloudy skies today until noon, then mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Temperatures will reach a high of 60-70 degrees. 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 tfr.faa.gov before flying near the area.

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