Chetco Bar Fire Update October 10th, 2017
Incident: Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire
Increased fire traffic may be visible along the South Bank Chetco towards the 1205 road, as two twenty person hand crews, support engines and a chipper continue mop up and repair work along the 1205 and 240 roads within the fire perimeter. 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.
Smoke may be visible from an additional ground fire on the west side of Red Mountain, near the Kalmiopsis Wilderness in Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest.
Grading, repair and seeding operations are ongoing throughout the perimeter. Firefighters continue to patrol and mop up any additional areas of concern and complete suppression repair as needed.
Weather and Fire Behavior:
A cold front will move through Tuesday and Wednesday with potential for rain showers over the fire perimeter. Cooler weather, higher humidities and weaker winds will reduce potential for the spread of current fire activity in the southern perimeter.
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.