Chetco Bar Fire Update October 9th, 2017
Incident: Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire
Two twenty person hand crews, support engines, and a chipper have been deployed along the 240 and 1205 roads to mop up the remaining fire within the Wheeler Creek area. Data from an infrared flight late Saturday night revealed a pocket of dispersed heat in this area, caused by a low intensity ground fire that has been creeping and smoldering in the thick leaf litter on the forest floor. 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. Chipping operations have finished along the 1205 Road. Seeding, mulching, and mop up continues along the 240 Road near Mt. Emily. Firefighters continue to patrol the fire perimeter, mopping up any areas of concern and completing suppression repair as needed.
Weather and Fire Behavior:
Winds shifted from north to northeast and then east through Sunday night, with humidities dropping throughout the night. Low relative humidities and strong winds on Monday provide potential for heightened fire activity in areas of isolated heat. Winds weaken Monday afternoon, and a cold front will move through Tuesday through Wednesday with a potential for light showers. A cold trough will 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 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.