Chetco Bar Fire is 98% contained today. Firefighters’ perseverance is evident in every cold-trailed· draw, each mile of repaired fireline, and the steady backhaul of equipment and supplies. Crews and support personnel numbering over a thousand one week ago, are being demobilized as fire danger decreases with each successive day. Today 298 people remain, assigned to patrol, mop-up, implement suppression repair actions, and provide various support functions.
The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest closure area was reduced in size on Friday, September 29, 2017 following completion of important repair work by fire personnel. 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. “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 may 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.
A BAER in the Woods A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team is assessing post-fire impacts this week. The team is comprised of US Forest Service, National Park Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration employees. These specialists conduct field surveys, use science-based models to rapidly assess watersheds, inventory resources at risk and gauge the need for emergency measures and treatments on National Forest lands. The goal is to minimize threats to life or property and to stabilize and prevent unacceptable degradation to natural and cultural resources resulting from fire effects.
The Bureau of Land Management has conducted a BAER assessment for lands under their jurisdiction.
Weather and Fire Behavior Expect a breezy northwest flow through Monday morning. This may result in light precipitation amounts of a tenth-inch or less. 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.
·Cold-trailing is a term commonly used by firefighters to describe the mop-up tactic of ensuring the fire is dead out by testing for hotspots with one’s hands, digging out any remaining hot spots, and trenching any live edge.