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Chetco Bar Fire

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Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3040 Biddle Rd. Medford OR. 97504 Oregon
Medford, OR 97504

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Chetco Bar Fire Update October 15, 2017

Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire
News – 10/15/2017

The Chetco Bar FaceBook page will no longer be utilized. Information will continue to be posted on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest FaceBook page, the link can be found below.

Fire officials will be flying the fire this afternoon to observe how this warm and dry weather has affected fire activity within the perimeter. Firefighters continue to extinguish hotspots along the FR240 Road where the fire is slowly backing down to the road. Tree fallers are working on the 1376 Road to clear it of all hazard trees that were identified in the Burned Area Emergency Response report. There are currently 4 road graders, with 2 additional in route, working to repair roads within the fire area.

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 east winds are expected over the fire again today. Humidity’s are predicted to drop into the mid teens this afternoon. This warmer and drier trend is forecasted to slowly tapper off with a potential for rain on Wednesday.


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.


Therecently updatedRogue River-Siskiyou National Forest closure order narrative and map is available to view on Inciweb at: “Know before you go”bycalling(541) 618-2200 or visiting

A BAER in the Woods:

The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team held a public meeting where they presented their findings to cooperators and the public. A video 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.

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