Chetco Bar Fire Update, October 11th, 2017
Incident: Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire
Northern California is currently experiencing wildfire season. Smokes from these fires may be visible at times as air currents move northwards up the coast.
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.
Firefighters continue to patrol and mop up any remaining areas of concern and complete suppression repair as needed. Repair, grading, and seeding operations are ongoing throughout the perimeter.
Weather and Fire Behavior:
Higher humidities and cooler temperatures are expected today with scattered showers over the fire perimeter. Showers will decrease during the afternoon. A cool front will move in Thursday and Friday, bringing another round of rain showers. Warm and dry conditions along with gusty northeast winds will develop through the weekend and Monday.
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 due to 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. They will be holding a public meeting on Thursday, October 12 from 12:30 – 2:00 pm at Chetco Community Library to present their report to the public. The team, which is comprised of US Forest Service, National Park Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration employees, 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.