BROOKINGS - The Chetco Bar Fire remains 98 percent contained with minimal fire activity, according to a press release from the fire's incident command center.
There are currently 235 personnel assigned to the fire, but that number is decreasing daily as work is being completed. Firefighters continue to patrol the fire perimeter, mop-up any potential areas of heat, work on suppression repair and backhaul equipment and supplies from the field. By the end of the week fire officials expect to transfer command of the fire to a local Type 3 organization.
Weather and fire behavior:
Strong winds from the east to northeast began early this Tuesday morning with predicted gusts up to 40 mph over higher elevations and ridges. A warming and drying trend is also expected to begin Tuesday and continue through Friday. Later in the week the relative humidity is forecast to drop into the teens in most areas. The continued drying of fuels may allow for low intensity fire behavior in interior pockets of un-burned fuels. Smoke may be visible at times.
Deer hunting rifle season is in full swing. Motorists may notice an increase in traffic on forest roads. Please be mindful of crews in transit and slow-moving heavy equipment. Drive cautiously with headlights on at all times when near firefighters and equipment.
The most recent Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest closure order narrative and map is available to view on Inciweb at: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5385/. As closures evolve, they are posted there for ease of viewing and comparison. “Know before you go” by calling 541-618-2200 or visiting www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices.
A BAER in the woods:
A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team is assessing post-fire impacts this week. The team is comprised of U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration employees. These specialists conduct field surveys, use science-based models to rapidly assess watersheds, inventory resources at risk and gauge the need for emergency measures and treatments on National Forest lands. The goal is to minimize threats to life or property and to stabilize and prevent unacceptable degradation to natural and cultural resources resulting from fire effects.
The Bureau of Land Management has conducted a BAER assessment for lands under their jurisdiction.