Chetco Bar Fire Update October 20, 2017
Incident: Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire
The entire fire area received over an inch and a half of rain by the evening of 10/19 with more forecasted through the weekend. The rain will help to extinguish the remaining areas of heat scattered within the perimeter of the fire. However, fire officials will continue to monitor the fire closely as the thick canopy in some areas could shelter heat sources allowing them to pop back up when the area begins to dry out.
Firefighters and equipment are returning to the field after a day of standing down for safety concerns due to the weather. They will resume work grading roads, finalizing suppression repair work, removing additional hazard trees brought down by high winds, and implementing Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) projects.
Fire personnel will monitor the FR240 Road for any potential hotspots.Traveling through and working in the fire area during and after 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.
ClosuresFire officials urge the public to stay out of all areas within the Forest closure; many hazards still exist with more likely being created by the fall and winter storms. A link to the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest closure order narrative and map is below.
Scattered showers are forecasted to continue through the weekend with a warming and drying trend predicted for early next week.
The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) 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. A video explaining their findings is available on the Forest FaceBook page. For more on BAER Team activities and their findings, go to the “Chetco Bar Post-Fire BAER” Inciweb page.
The Chetco Bar FaceBook and Inciweb pages are no longer being updated. Visit the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest website, FaceBook, and Twitter pages for updates.