Chetco Bar Fire Update October 8th, 2017
Incident: Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire
Over the next several days, two twenty person hand crews, support engines, and a chipper will be working along the 240 and 1205 roads to mop up the remaining fire in the Wheeler Creek area, where a low intensity ground fire has been creeping and smoldering in the thick leaf litter on the forest floor. Data from an infrared flight late last night revealed a small pocket of dispersed heat in this area. The flight also revealed that the remaining instances of isolated heat are all located well within the interior of the fire area.
Grading, repair, and seeding operations are ongoing throughout the perimeter. Crews have completed grading operations along Forest Road 070 near Mt. Emily, and firefighters continue to patrol the fire perimeter, mopping up any areas of concern and completing suppression repair as needed.
Weather and Fire Behavior:
Humidity recovery Sunday evening will be moderate with a period of gusting northerly winds, which will lower relative humidity overnight. Winds will weaken Monday night with low humidity recoveries. Another cold front will move in Tuesday, continuing through Tuesday night. A cold trough is expected to move in late next week with potential for wetting rain north of the CA/OR border.
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.
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 has completed the field portion of their work. The team, which is comprised of US Forest Service, National Park Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration employees, is now working 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.