Today’s forecast is calling for up to .5 inches of rain an hour and strong gusty winds over the entire fire area. For safety reasons, firefighters and equipment will not be going into the field unless absolutely necessary. All personnel will be on call in case the storm does not develop or produce what is predicted, however, the peak of the storm is forecasted from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Traveling through and working in the fire area during periods of high winds and heavy rains is especially dangerous with the weakened and potentially burnt tree root systems. There is also an increased possibility for land or mud slides where hillsides were burnt and the dirt is no longer secured by vegetation. Fire officials urge the public to stay out of all areas within the Forest closure, many hazards still exist and more will likely be created by the incoming weather. A link to the full closure order and map is below.
An infrared flight was flown over the fire area late Tuesday night, which revealed small areas of heat scattered throughout the fire area but all remaining within the fires perimeter. An increase of 4 acres came from more accurate mapping after receiving the flights data.
Tomorrow the weather is expected to moderate allowing firefighters and equipment to return to the field. They will resume work mopping up any possible remaining hotspots along the FR240 Road, removing additional hazard trees that may come down in today’s storm, continue grading roads, finalize any remaining suppression repair work, and start more Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) projects.
Winds are predicted to remain strong and gusty throughout today with wetting rains continuing through Saturday. 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/.
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The Chetco Bar FaceBook page is no longer being updated.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.