Chetco Bar Fire Update October 14, 2017
Incident: Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire
Today will be the last day the Chetco Bar FaceBook page will be utilized. Information will continue to be posted on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest FaceBook page, the link can be found below.
The fire continues to slowly back down to the FR240 Road. Firefighters are working to extinguish all hotspots along the road and remove any hazard trees in the area. Suppression repair is nearly complete while grading operations continue. Groups of specially trained tree fallers have begun work that was identified in the Burned Area Emergency Response report.
Fire officials would like to remind the public that road and area closures are in place for everyone’s safety. Please obey all closure orders and signs as there are many hazards still in the fire area. The Japanese Bomb site remains closed as well.
Clear skies and winds out of the east are expected to return to the fire area today. The strongest winds are expected today aiding in the low humidity’s that are predicted for Sunday.
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 recently updated Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest closure order narrative and map is available to view on Inciweb at: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/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 held a public meeting on Thursday, October 12 at the Chetco Community Library where they presented their findings to cooperators and the public. A videotaped recording of the meeting will soon be available online. The team, which was comprised of US Forest Service, National Park Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration employees, compiled a report based on field surveys with the goal 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 also completed a BAER assessment for lands under their jurisdiction.