Wetting rain has dampened fire activity throughout the Chetco Bar Fire perimeter. Suppression repair has transitioned to a grading operation. Hand crews have finished seeding operations and placement of water bars along Forest Road 060, and chipping operations are complete along Forest Road 240.
Funding has been approved for the Type 3 team, in conjunction with the Burned Area Emergency Response team assigned to the incident, to conduct emergency hazard tree removal within the fire perimeter. Forest Road 1376 (North Bank Chetco) has been designated as a priority for this removal, in order to provide for the safety of residents and private logging operations along this road. These operations will commence within the week.
Firefighters continue to patrol, mop up, and complete suppression repair operations as needed throughout the perimeter.
Weather and Fire Behavior:
Rain showers will continue today through early Friday morning. Another round of showers is expected Friday evening. Light breezy winds will return Friday night into Saturday with dry and mild weather expected this weekend into 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.
An updatedRogue 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”bycalling(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 held a public meeting on Thursday, October 12 at Chetco Community Library to present their findings to the public. A videotaped recording of this meeting will soon be available online. 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.