·Note the new fire information number is 541-414-4489
Pacific Northwest Type 1 Team 2 will transfer command of the Chetco Bar Fire to a local Type 3 organization tonight at 8 p.m. The Type 3 organization is establishing their Incident Command Post (ICP) at the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Gold Beach Ranger District office. The existing ICP on Shopping Center Avenue and the camp located on the south end of Brookings will be closed by tonight. The fire remains 191,090 acres and 98% contained with minimal fire behavior. Firefighters will continue repair work throughout the fire by clearing and grading roads as well as repairing dozer line. Fire engines continue to patrol and monitor the fire perimeter.
Weather and Fire Behavior:
The warming and drying trend will continue through Friday. Light east winds will return tonight turning into breezy west winds by the weekend. Relative humidity levels will remain low with poor overnight recoveries for most areas through Friday. With this weather, interior pockets of unburned fuels and areas covered in leaf litter may experience an increase in fire behavior. Smoke could be visible at times.
Please be mindful of crews in transit and slow-moving heavy equipment on the roads. Drive cautiously with headlights on at all times when firefighters and equipment are in the area. Motorists may notice an increase in traffic on forest roads, as it is deer hunting rifle season.
Themost recentRogue River-Siskiyou National Forest closure order narrative and map is available to view on Inciweb at: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5385/. Always get informed and “Know before you go”bycalling(541) 618-2200 or visiting www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices.
A BAER in the Woods:
The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team will have the field assessment portion of the post-fire impacts completed by the weekend. The team, which is comprised of US Forest Service, National Park Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration employees, will then work to compile their report for the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. These specialists have been conducting field surveys, utilizing science-based models to rapidly assess watersheds, taking inventory of resources at risk and gauging the need for emergency measures and treatments on National Forest lands. The goal is to minimize threats to life or property and stabilize and prevent unacceptable degradation to natural and cultural resources resulting from fire effects. The Bureau of Land Management has completed a BAER assessment for lands under their jurisdiction.