Chetco Bar Fire
Rogue River – Siskiyou National Forest
September 19, 2017 Update
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As of 6:00 PM on September 18th, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office lifted all evacuation orders for the fire area.
We can expect rain and cooler weather to continue, which will diminish fire activity. The containment of the fire is now at 77%, up from 53% yesterday.
Smoke impacts will remain light to moderate in communities near the fire perimeter, and smoke will remain visible from within the fire perimeter until there is a major, season ending event.
The focus of operations in these areas is shifting from fire suppression to suppression rehabilitation. Crews are working to repair hand and dozer lines, retrieve hoses, and install water bars to prevent erosion in areas blacklined across the perimeter. Due to the wet weather, fire crews may encounter hazardous conditions including fire-weakened trees, mudslides, and slippery conditions.
As cooler, moist weather increases, more containment will be achieved, strengthening control lines on the fire perimeter.
Closures and Evacuations: All evacuation restrictions have been lifted for Curry County. Area trails and road closures remain in effect for the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest, and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Coos Bay District. The areas are closed to all uses: including all pedestrian, equestrian, bicycle and motorized access. This closure affects public lands within and adjacent to the Chetco Bar Fire. For further information visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/rogue-siskiyou/alerts-notices
Weather: The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for debris flow/mudslides on burnt slopes within the fire area. Occasional showers are expected today followed by widespread rain tonight through Wednesday night. Rain could be heavy at times. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity will continue through Thursday
Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) are in effect over the Chetco Bar Fire area. For more information see: http://tfr.faa.gov/