Pacific Northwest Type 1 Team 2 transferred command of the Chetco Bar Fire to a Type 3 team at 8:00 PM on Thursday, October 5th. The Type 3 team has established an Incident Command Post (ICP) at the Rogue-River Siskiyou National Forest, Gold Beach Ranger District Office. The previous ICP on Shopping Center Avenue in Brookings is now closed.
The Chetco Bar Fire remains 98% contained with minimal fire activity. Crews have finished chipping operations along the northwest perimeter and south of the Chetco River. Grading and seeding operations along Forest Road 070 near Mt. Emily will continue for the next 2-4 days.
Firefighters continue to patrol the fire perimeter, mop-up any potential areas of heat, work on suppression repair, and backhaul equipment and supplies from the field.
Weather and Fire Behavior: The warming and drying trend will continue through today. Light east ridge winds through tomorrow night. On the southern edge, a weak front is expected to brush past over the weekend, bringing breezy west winds, cooler temperatures, and slightly higher humidities.
Safety: 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.
Closures: The most recent Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest closure order narrative and map is available to view on Inciweb at: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5385. “Know before you go” by calling (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.