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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

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Chetco Bar Fire Update October 17, 2017

Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire
News – 10/17/2017

The Type 3 organization that is currently managing the Chetco Bar Fire will be transitioning the fire to a Type 4 organization Wednesday at 7:00 a.m. The incoming incident commanders will “shadow” the existing team members today to allow for a smooth transition. Most field personnel and equipment will remain in place as there is still quite a bit of work to finish up all the road grading, Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) work, and suppression repair.

After multiple warm, dry, and windy days in the area, the fire continues to show minimal fire activity. Firefighters are still mopping up areas of heat along the FR240 Road. Work continues to remove hazard trees identified by the BAER report along the 1376 Road. Six road graders continue working to repair roads within the fire area.

The “trapline” locations where these updates, maps, and closures are placed around local communities will be posted to for the last time on Thursday. A final daily update will be produced and shared on all electronic platforms on Friday. Additional updates may be produced if significant activities occur throughout the fall.


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. Drive cautiously with headlights on at all times when firefighters and equipment are in the area. The Japanese Bomb site remains closed.


Temperatures and humidity’s are expected to slowly moderate starting today and continuing through tomorrow as winds slowly increase. Winds are predicted to be strong and gusty in advance of the wetting rains forecasted to start Thursday.


TheRogue River-Siskiyou National Forest closure order narrative and map is available on Inciweb at:


The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team public meeting video is now available online. Visit the Forest FaceBook page to view the video. For more on BAER Team activities and their findings, go to the “Chetco Bar Post-Fire BAER” Inciweb page.

The Chetco Bar FaceBook page is no longer being updated. Visit the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest FaceBook page for updates.

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