The Chetco Bar Fire transitioned from a Type 3 to a Type 4 organization this morning at 7:00 a.m. After a day of working closely together to ensure a smooth transition, Type 3 Incident Commander, Kris Schroeder, handed command of the fire to Type 4 Incident Commander, Rich Reneau. All pertinent field personnel and equipment will remain in place and continue to mop up and monitor the fire closely, work on the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) identified projects, grade roads, and finalize any remaining suppression repair work.
Fire officials flew the fire yesterday and observed minimal fire behavior. The Wheeler Creek drainage was producing some smoke from leaf fueled smoldering ground fire and one small smoke in the Mt. Emily area was seen.
Today, firefighters will work to extinguish areas of heat and remove hazard trees in the Wheeler Creek drainage, along the FR240 Road. Six road graders continue 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. Drive cautiously with headlights on at all times when near firefighters and equipment. The Japanese Bomb site remains closed.
Temperatures and humidity’s are expected to continue to moderate throughout today as winds slowly increase. Winds are predicted to be strong and gusty in advance of the wetting rains forecasted to start tomorrow and continue through the weekend. Warmer and drier weather is predicted for early next week.
TheRogue River-Siskiyou National Forest closure order narrative and map is available on Inciweb at: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5385/.
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The Chetco Bar FaceBook page is no longer being updated.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.