CHETCO BAR FIRE

 

Friday, September 22, 2017

This will be the last update on this incident unless conditions change. 

You can follow updates on the Inciweb website at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5385

The Chetco Bar Fire is currently 97% contained. It is expected to be fully contained by October 15, 2017.

 

Monday, Sept. 18, 2017

Chetco Bar Fire, Curry Co., Evacuation Advisory Update, September 18, 2017

MEDIA ADVISORY 
12:00 pm, September 18, 2017 

The Curry County Sheriff’s Office, working in cooperation with local fire departments, law enforcement agencies, and the Chetco Bar Unified Command withdrew all previous Evacuation Orders, effective 12:00 pm, September 18, 2017. As of now all areas affected by the Chetco Bar Fire are no longer under any Evacuation Order. 

Residents should stay informed and be ready to take action, if conditions change. Residents can bring animals and livestock back into the community. At this time the Chetco Bar Fire poses no immediate threat to community life, property, or livestock. Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Evacuation Area Information: There are no Evacuation orders in effect for Curry County. 

Traffic control measures will be maintained on roads entering Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) areas. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office requests that traffic in the affected areas be limited to residents, essential services, and those engaged in fire suppression and fire equipment recovery operations. Forest Service and BLM Chetco Bar Fire Area Closures remain in effect. There is no entry allowed into the closure area for any purpose. 

For more information and to view maps detailing the extent of Forest and BLM closures, please visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5385/ For more information contact Chetco Bar Fire Information at (541) 412-8531.

 

Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

New Chetco Bar Fire West Side Information Line 541-412-8531

Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017

Chetco East Zone Daily Update, Josephine County, September 16, 2017

Incident: Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire
Released: 1:50 hrs. ago

 

Chetco East Zone Fire Update.

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.

 

Evacuation levels have been reduced in Josephine County effective 6 p.m. Friday, September 15, 2017. The Level 3 “GO!” evacuation notice issued for all residents on Illinois River Road within the US Forest Service boundary, including the Oak Flat Community, has been reduced to Level 2. A Level 2 evacuation notice means “BE SET” to evacuate. You must be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice. Only residents with proper identification may travel in and out of this area and only at night, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. The Level 1 “BE READY” evacuation notice for the residents of the Illinois Valley, west of Highway 199 from Hayes Hill to the California state line has been removed. Residents should always be prepared for changing fire conditions. People can view maps of the current evacuation notification area at http://arcg.is/1LmzPe

The Indigo Fire (784 Fire) was active again yesterday, expanding by 161 acres to 521 acres, mostly to the west. Short uphill runs and group tree torching were observed. It has not crossed the West Fork of Indigo Creek into Josephine County. Its smoke column was seen from several miles away. Crews have finished removing brush to improve the 055 road as a containment line and continued similar work on the 510 road. 

The Chetco Bar Fire is currently 189,562 acres and 40% contained. The most activity in the East Zone of the Chetco Bar Fire was in the horseshoe bend of the Illinois River at the north end of the fire. The fire continues to creep northeast, making short uphill runs and occasionally torching trees. Fire containment line is now completed from the California border to the Bear Camp area except for some brushing, chipping, and masticating work in the Chrome Ridge area.

Today, East Zone fire crews will continue to reopen the Biscuit firelines between Bear Camp and the Fish Hook Trailhead area in Curry County. Fire crews will continue brushing, chipping and masticating between Chrome Ridge and Bear Camp. Dozer lines are being constructed in the south end of the fire area in California, tying into dozer line work done in the West Zone. 

Weather and Expected Fire Activity: It will be slightly cooler and more humid compared to yesterday. High temperatures will be about 75 degrees on the ridges and 4 to 5 degrees warmer in the valleys. Relative humidity (RH) will be around 25%. Winds in the morning will be light, getting slightly stronger in the afternoon from the north/northeast at 4 to 8 miles per hour. On Sunday evening, a cold front will move in, forecast to bring 1/2 to 1 inch of rain in the fire area over three days. Potential fire activity today is moderate, with uphill runs, group tree torching, and possible spot fires up to ¼ mile from the fire.

Smoke: The majority of the smoke in the Illinois Valley on Friday actually came from the Umpqua North Complex 60 miles north/northeast of Cave Junction. The valley is forecast to have moderate air quality today. For current air quality information and forecasts go to http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com.

 

Closures and Restrictions: The Forest Area Closure around the Chetco Bar Fire is still in effect. There are currently no closures around the Indigo Fire. More details are available on https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/5385/

 

Fire at a Glance 

Size: 189,562 acres

Started: July 12, 2017 by Lightning

Containment: 40%

Assigned Resources: Helicopters shared across the Chetco Bar Fire: three Type 3; three Type 2; one Type 1; three National Guard Type 1. Ground resources on the Chetco East Zone: 14 Type 2 crews; 6 Engines; 3 Fallers; 1 Feller Buncher; 4 Dozers; 5 Water Tenders; 6 Masticators; 2 Chippers; 1 Skidder, 1 Grader.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017

A community fire briefing will be held on Friday, Sept. 15th, 6pm at the Winchuck Fire Station, 363 Winchuck River Rd. in Brookings. For more information, you can call 541-469-1177

Chetco Bar Fire Modified Evacuation Order September 13, 2017

Incident: Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire
Released: 40 min. ago

The Curry County Sheriff’s Office, working in cooperation with local fire departments, law
enforcement agencies, and the Chetco Bar Unified Command issued a modified Evacuation Order,
effective 4:00 pm, September 13, 2017.
This order applies only to those areas affected by the previous Chetco Bar Fire evacuation order.

Level 1 Evacuation Area Information:
The following areas are under a Level 1 Evacuation:
• Southern Curry County line at the sea front, north to the Pistol River area, including:
• Carpenterville Road and all intersecting roads east and west
• Gardner Ridge Road from the intersection of North Bank to Palmer View Road
• North Bank Chetco Road to Loeb Park, and
• South Bank Chetco Road to the Salmon Run Golf Course

Level 2 Evacuation Area Information:
The following areas are under a Level 2 Evacuation:
• East above Peavine Road in the Winchuck Drainage
• South Bank of the Chetco above Salmon Run Golf Course
• North Bank of the Chetco above Loeb Park to include Wilderness Retreat
• Garner Ridge Road above Palmer Butte to include Cate and Hazel Camp Areas

Level 3 Evacuation Area Information:
There are no Level 3 Evacuation order in effect in Curry County.
Residents in the affected areas will see changes in location and staffing of traffic control points
staffed by the National Guard in the coming days. These changes are made to reflect modifications
to evacuation orders for these areas.

The Curry County Sheriff’s Office requests that traffic in the affected areas be limited to residents,
essential services, and those engaged in fire suppression and recovery operations.
For more information contact Chetco Fire Information at 619-894-9111.
Forest Service Chetco Bar Fire Area Closures remain in effect. For more information on the Forest
Service Closure visit: Rogue River - Siskiyou National Forest Closure - Chetco Bar Fire Order No. 06-10-26-17-28https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd557210.pdf

Explanation of Evacuation Levels:
LEVEL 1: A Level 1 Evacuation means “BE READY” for potential evacuation.
Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency
services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation
and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under
certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services
personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system.

LEVEL 2: A Level 2 Evacuation means “BE SET” to evacuate.
YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENTS NOTICE
This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either
voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if
choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk.
THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. Area media services will be asked to broadcast periodic updates.

LEVEL 3: A Level 3 Evacuation means “GO” Evacuate NOW LEAVE IMMEDIATELY!
Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you
choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not
be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or
make efforts to protect your home.
THIS WILL BE THE LAST NOTICE THAT YOU RECEIVE
Entry to evacuated areas may be denied until conditions are safe.
Area radio and TV stations have been asked to broadcast periodic updates.

Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017

Community Meeting, Cave Junction Sunday September 10 6:00 pm

There will be a Community Meeting for fire information hosted by the Chetco Bar Fire – East Zone Incident Management Team. The meeting will be Sunday, September 10th at 6:00 PM at Illinois Valley High School in Cave Junction (625 E. River Street, Cave Junction, OR). The public is invited to attend to get an update on fire activity and talk to fire managers about their strategies and effort.

Friday, Sept. 8, 2017

Evacuation Area Curry County Re-Entry Plan

 

September 8, 2017 11:00 am

 

Based upon current fire behavior and in coordination with the Chetco Bar Incident Management Team, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office is reducing the Level 3 Evacuation to a Level 2 Evacuation outside of the established fire perimeter within Curry County only. Only residents and land owners are allowed to enter the previous Level 3 Evacuation Areas.

 

These Areas include:

  • Pistol River Road
  • Carpenterville Road
  • North Bank Chetco River Road to the established fire perimeter
  • Gardner Ridge Road to the established fire perimeter
  • South Bank Chetco River Road

 

All residents that live in these geographic areas must present their picture identification to Curry County Sheriff’s Office Staff to receive re-entry materials. Residents can pick up the re-entry materials from 11am to 4pm at Ray’s Market 906 Chetco Ave in Brookings, Oregon.

 

Residents and land owners will present the materials received from the Sheriff’s Office at the established re-entry point.

 

Residents should remain prepared to evacuate in a moment’s notice in the event the evacuation levels change and residents should not return any large animal’s home at this time. Fire and emergency resources will continue to be active in the areas and road systems. Please drive slowly and be aware of additional traffic in the Level 2 Evacuation area.

 

 

Closures: Due to fire activity, and firefighter and public safety concerns, there are trail, road and area closures in place. For more information and details regarding the closures, please visit the Forests' websites at http://tinyurl.com/ClosureOrder and https://www.fs.usda.gov/srnf.

Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, 2:30pm

Community Fire Briefing on Wed. Sept. 6th, 6pm at Brookings-Harbor High School, 625 Pioneer Rd. In Brookings

Chetco Bar Fire Update September 5, 2017 9:00 a.m.

Incident: Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire
Released: 5 hrs. ago

 

Weather and Fire Behavior: A slight rise in humidity and decrease in temperatures is predicted over the next few days. Winds out of the southwest may help to help clear some of the smoke this afternoon. Moisture is expected to begin moving into the area, becoming more abundant Wednesday into Thursday; however, the potential for thunderstorms is a concern for Wednesday afternoon and evening. The potential for very active fire behavior still exists today, torching and crown runs are possible and spot fires may ignite up to three tenths of a mile from the main fire.

Yesterday: Numerous spot fires were ignited by embers being cast across containment lines. The east side of the fire pushed 4.5 miles to the south and east prompting increased evacuation levels on Illinois River Road. Fire activity on the west flank led to a change from level 2 to level 3 in some areas. 

Multiple air resources, including a heavy helitanker, took advantage of the improved visibility to aid firefighting operations. Good progress was made on the Illinois river road and crews wrapped approximately 80 percent of the structures in that area. 

Today: Fire resources will continue to promptly identify, prioritize, and suppress or contain spot fires while holding and improving existing containment lines. In addition to fireline construction, the direct and indirect fireline work includes crews and dozers improving, or reopening, fireline that was constructed 15 years ago during the Biscuit fire and improving roads to be used as containment lines. 

To stop or slow fire growth, crews may strategically burn the vegetation between the main fire and containment lines. These operations would include careful consideration of terrain, vegetation, and predicted fire weather. Structure protection will continue in the Josephine County Oak Flat area. Two additional Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshall task forces will be arriving to join in structural fire suppression efforts. An incident management team will begin to arrive and will be taking command of the east side of the fire over the next couple of days.

Smoke & Air Quality:

Thick and heavy smoke this morning will again lay low in communities surrounding the Chetco Bar fire. Through today, light Southwest winds will drift smoke inland giving coastal areas a reprieve. In the Brookings and Gold Beach area, moderate smoke impacts are expected by this afternoon before heavy smoke sinks back in overnight tonight. Inland communities, such as Cave Junction will continue to see very heavy smoke through the day and tonight.

Evacuations: In Josephine county, a level 3 evacuation order is in place for all residents on Illinois River road within the Forest Service boundaries, including the Oak Flat community. A level 3 evacuation is also in affect in Curry county along the Carpenterville Road, north of the Cape Ferrelo Road intersection to the Carpenterville Road and Bosley Butte Road intersection. A Level 1 evacuation order has been issued for the residents of the Illinois Valley west of Highway 199 from Hayes Hill to the California state line. 

 

Shelters: The Red Cross evacuation shelter is in Gold Beach at the Curry County Fairgrounds is relocating to the Nazarene Church 1600 Chetco Ave in Brookings, OR (541)-600-6068. Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation is also operating a shelter at The Xaa-wan’-k’wvt Village & Resort (old Ship Ashore) RV Park located at 12370 Highway 101 North in Smith River. 

 

Residents are encouraged to monitor the interactive evacuation map for changes: http://arcg.is/2vWQN2N 

Closures: Several large wildfires are burning in southwest Oregon. Area closures have been implemented on the Rogue River – Siskyou National Forest and BLM lands. Fire restrictions are in place: http://bit.ly/2erUN5B.

 

Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, 7:50pm

Evacuation Order September 4, 2017 6:30 p.m. Curry County

Following the advice of the Chetco Bar Incident Management Team, and based on the current fire behavior, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office has expanded the area previously a Level 2 Evacuation Order to a Level 3 Evacuation Order to include all areas along the Carpenterville Road north of the Cape Ferrelo Road intersection to the Carpenterville Road and Bosley Butte Road intersection. A Level 3 Evacuation (GO!) means residents within this area should leave immediately. Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home.

 

Monday, Sept. 4, 2017

Chetco Bar Fire Update September 4, 2017 9:00 a.m.

Incident: Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire
Released: 46 min. ago

 

Weather and Fire Behavior: Temperatures have risen above 100 degrees in the fire area over the past two days and the Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect through today.Exceptionally dry conditions were observed on the fire yesterday afternoon. This is the fourth day that temperatures, humidity levels, and fuel moisture have aligned to create critical burning conditions, with unstable air favoring active fire behavior. Increased winds predicted for today could result in an uptick in fire behavior and have the potential to carry embers up to four tenths of a mile. Smoke column development is possible especially on the east side of the fire in the brush fuels.

Yesterday: Fire behavior was very active in several areas around the fire perimeter. On the eastern flank, a significant smoke column developed to a height of 23,000 feet in the early afternoon to the south. The fire spotted over Forest Road 1983 and became established in the Wheeler Creek drainage. High temperatures and critically low humidity contributed to the increase in fire behavior. Shifting winds in the afternoon improved visibility, allowing aircraft to support ground operations with water drops on portions of the fire. Crews continued to connect roads, dozer lines and handline to form direct and indirect containment lines. 

Well over 500 people attended the community fire briefing in Cave Junction last night. Fire officials described the regional and national fire situation then discussed operations and the strategy for the Chetco Bar Fire.

Today: Firefighters will continue installing sprinkler systems and clearing brush to protect structures in Oak Flats in Josephine County and to the north toward Agness. Crews will seek out and extinguish sources of heat near the containment line (mop-up), and deploy hose along the fire perimeter to be used as fire reaches containment lines or to aid in burnout or mop-up operations. Focus today will also be on the southwest flank of the fire between Emily Creek and the Winchuck area as north winds push the fire southwest toward containment lines. Crews will continue working to slow the fire spread from the Winchuck drainage.
 

Smoke & Air Quality: The forecasted northerly wind shift will drift smoke south, impacting Brookings and Cave Junction. Communities to the north and west, such as Gold Beach, are expected to see improving air conditions. This may give aviation further opportunities to engage the fire. Conversely, those same winds can also increase or cause erratic fire activity. 

Evacuations: Evacuations remain in place in Curry and Josephine Counties. The Red Cross evacuation center is located in Gold Beach at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Residents are encouraged to monitor the evacuation map for changes http://arcg.is/2vWQN2N 

Shelters: The Red Cross evacuation shelter is in Gold Beach at the Curry County Fairgrounds showcase building, 29392 Ellensburg Avenue. Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation is also operating a shelter at The Xaa-wan’-k’wvt Village & Resort (old Ship Ashore) RV Park located at 12370 Highway 101 North in Smith River. Residents are encouraged to monitor the interactive evacuation map for changes: http://arcg.is/2vWQN2N

Closures: Several large wildfires are burning in southwest Oregon. Area closures have been implemented on the Rogue River – Siskyou National Forest and BLM lands. Fire restrictions are in place: http://bit.ly/2erUN5B

·Note: There was no infrared flight last night. Data from these flights is used in verifying fire perimeter and calculating acres burned. Therefore, acreage is an estimate.

Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017

Fire UpdateSeptember 3, 2017 9:00 a.m. (PDT)

Join us for a Community Fire Briefing tonight at 7 p.m. in Cave Junction at the Illinois Valley High School.

Weather and Fire Behavior:There is potential for very active fire behavior again today. With embers carrying up to three tenths of a mile, significant perimeter growth is possible. The Excessive Heat Warning continues through midday Monday. A Red Flag Warning will be in effect tonight through Monday morning for gusty winds, low relative humidity, and high to very high fire danger all of which are likely to contribute to significant spread of new and existing fires. From the northwestern edge of the fire, firefighters observed temperatures over 100 degrees for more than six hours Saturday afternoon.

Yesterday:With variable and weak winds aloft, smoke dispersion was poor and smoke settled into Brookings and other low areas. While the smoke moderated fire behavior in some areas, when it cleared, activity picked up and a column of smoke rose to 12,000 feet on the east side of the fire.

West of Cave Junction, crews re-opened and cleared brush from firelines used during the Biscuit Fire. On the north, northwest, and southern perimeter, firefighters continued to connect dozer lines with road systems, establishing direct containment lines. Crews performed structural assessments and pulled burnable material away from structures in the Illinois River Valley and Agness areas. A single helicopter flew yesterday, but air resource use was severely limited by smoke.

Today:Finding and extinguishing hot spots along the containment line on portions of the west and northwest side of the fire is an ongoing effort. On the eastern flank, firefighters will re-open old dozer lines southwest of Cave Junction and engine crews will prepare structures by pulling back burnable material and installing sprinkler systems. Firefighters are planning to construct contingency fireline to the south into California. Aircraft utilization is expected to be minimal as pilots are hampered by dense smoke and limited visibility. Oregon State Fire Marshal structural task forces are patrolling and assessing structural properties in the level 2 and 3 evacuation areas. On the southwest flank of the fire,

firefighters continue to check (or slow) southerly fire spread into the Emily creek area. Mop-up is ongoing on the western perimeter while crews continue line construction and potentially some burnout operations to secure Pistol River firelines. Extreme to Hazardous smoke impacts will continue to immerse the communities downwind of the Chetco Bar fire on all sides. Reduced visibility along highways 101, 199, and other local roadways should be expected. Coastal areas such as Gold Beach and Brookings, and possibly Agness, are expected to see some improvement in smoke conditions late in the day as West to Northwest winds begin to drift smoke Southeasterly. Inland communities such as Cave Junction and Grants Pass that sit down valley are expected to remain in heavy smoke through tomorrow.

Evacuations:The level 3 evacuation was decreased to a level 2 for the Mountain Drive area off the north bank of theChetco. A level 1 “be prepared” evacuation was put in place today for the Oak Flats area in Josephine County.

Closures:Highway 101 remains open, as well as local restaurants, businesses, and lodging establishments in Brookings and Harbor. Several large wildfires are burning in southwest Oregon. Area closures have been implemented on the Rogue RiverSiskyou National Forest and BLM lands. Fire restrictions are in place:http://bit.ly/2erUN5B.

Interactive Fire and Evacuation Map:

http://arcg.is/2vWQN2N

Curry Alert (Reverse 911):

https://member.everbridge.net/index/ 892807736723773#/login

Josephine County Alert (Reverse 911)

http://www.co.josephine.or.us/alert page1image68112 page1image68272 page1image69656

Note:There was no infrared flight last night. Data from these flights is used in verifying fire perimeter and calculating acres burned. Therefore, an update to the fire size is unavailable today.

Additional Fire Information is at:www.ChetcoBarFire.wordpress.comorhttps://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5385.

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Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, 2:30pm

Josephine County - Oak Flats - Evacuation Level 1, 10:00am Sept 2, 2017

Incident: Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire
Released: 1:15 hrs. ago

 

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5385/39785/

 

At 10:00 a.m. this morning, Josephine County Sheriff issued a Level 1 evacuation for Oak Flats, east of the Chetco Bar Fire.

Level 1 is the "Ready" in Ready-Set-Go. It means 'Be Prepared'.

Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information.

This is a time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock.


To sign up for evacuation alerts for your area of Josephine County, via the Josephine County Alert (Reverse 911) http://www/co/josephine.or.us/alert.

 

 

Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, 5:40pm

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5385/

 

Chetco Bar Fire Update - September 1, 2017

Incident: Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire
Released: 8 hrs. ago

Weather and Fire Behavior: Gusty, offshore winds will continue this morning. The forecast is for critical fire weather and the potential for extreme fire behavior due to low relative humidity and high temperatures with unstable atmospheric conditions. Significant perimeter growth and smoke column development are possible. Winds have the potential to carry embers seven tenths of a mile or more.

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for critical fire weather Friday afternoon. There is an Excessive Heat Warning through Labor Day for temperatures significantly above normal.


Yesterday: Active fire growth continued on the north, south and east perimeter. The fire continued eastward into areas previously during the 2002 Biscuit Fire. A smoke column developed on the southeast corner of the fire, rising up to 10,000 feet.

Aircraft dropped retardant and water along the southwest and western portions of the fire. Firefighters continued constructing direct and indirect line along the northwest and south flanks of the fire. Oregon State Fire Marshal task forces finished preparing structures in the Winchuck and Pistol River areas.


Today: On the west and northwest side of the fire, crews continue mopup where fire has been contained while constructing direct and indirect lines northeast toward Snow Camp along the Pistol River. On the south end of the fire, below Emily Creek, crews are securing anchor points, using existing road networks to check fire growth. Tactical patrols on the southwest and western perimeter of the fire continue. Aircraft will assist with suppression work as visibility and weather allow.

On the eastern flank, firefighters are opening fire lines previously constructed during the 2002 Biscuit Fire. Crews will also assess structures along the Illinois River just east of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.
Smoke production is expected to be significantly today. Light Northeast winds will drift smoke toward coastal areas into Gold Beach, Brookings and far South into NW California. Highway 101 and local roadways will see reduced visibility in
these areas. A light sea breeze later today is expected to give some reprieve to coastal communities this afternoon. In the Agness, Cave Junction, and Grants Pass regions, heavy smoke impacts are expected to remain as smoke from several fires drain into these communities.


Evacuations: At 9:30 PM last night, Curry County Sheriff’s Office expanded the Level 2 Evacuation Order to include all areas along Winchuck River Road east of, and including, Peavine Ridge Road.
The Red Cross evacuation shelter is in Gold Beach at the Curry County Fairgrounds showcase building, 29392 Ellensburg Avenue. Tolowa Dee-ni’Nation is also operating a shelter at The Xaa-wan’-k’wvt Village & Resort (old Ship Ashore) RV Park located at 12370 Highway 101 North in Smith River. Residents are encouraged to monitor the interactive evacuation map for changes: http://arcg.is/2vWQN2N


Closures:There are no closures on Highway 101 through Brookings. Local businesses, restaurants, and lodging establishments in Brookings and Harbor remain open for business. Several large wildfires are burning in southwest Oregon. Area closures have been implemented on the Rogue River – Siskyou National Forest and BLM lands. Fire restrictions are in place: http://bit.ly/2erUN5B.

 

 

Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, 1:25pm

Chetco Bar Fire Evacuation August 28, 2017 11:00 a.m. 

Incident: Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire
Released: 2 hrs. ago

 

Chetco Bar Fire

Evacuation Area ReEntry Plan

August 28, 2017 11:00 a.m.

Evacuation Area Re-entry Plan: “ADDITIONAL AREA”

All residences and businesses within the current Level 3 Evacuation zone starting at junction of

Shady Lane and South Bank Chetco Road east to and including Freeman Rock and Salmon Run Golf

Course will be reduced to a Level 2 Evacuation. Residents and businesses will be allowed to return.

The area also includes residents in the Campbell and Harbor Hills road area (see Level 2 Interactive

Evacuation map).

All residents that live in this geographic area are asked to present their picture identification to Curry

County Sherriff’s Office Staff to receive re-entry materials. Residents can pick up the re-entry

materials from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Ray’s Market 906 Chetco Ave in Brookings, Oregon, or any of

the re-entry points on South Bank Chetco Road.

One re-entry point has been established at Shady Lane and South Bank Chetco Road. Residents will

present the materials received from the Sheriff’s Office at the established re-entry point.

Residents should remain prepared to evacuate in a moment’s notice in the event the evacuation

levels change and residents should not return any large animal’s home at this time.

Social Media Resources:

Twitter: @RRSNF #ChetcoBarFire

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5385/

Smoke Blog: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/

Email: chetcobarfireinfo@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/R6RRSNF/

 

Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, 6:45pm

Chetco Bar Fire Evacuation Update - August 27 - 6:00 p.m.

Incident: Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire
Released: 13 min. ago

Evacuation Order

August 27, 2017 

6:00 p.m.

Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Fire Information: (541) 469-1177 (541) 247-3680

Following the advice of the Chetco Bar Incident Management Team, and based on the current fire behavior, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office has expanded the area under a Level 3 Evacuation Order to include areas along Carpenterville Road which lie north of Bosley Butte Road along Summit Ridge and north to Sundown Mountain.

A Level 3 Evacuation (GO!) means residents within this area should leave immediately. Danger to your area is current or imminent, and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home.

 

The area under a Level 2 Evacuation Order has also expanded. All areas lying west of the level 3 Evacuation area are now in Level 2 Evacuation. Level 2 Evacuation (Be Ready) means residents within this are should be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk.

 

The current Evacuation Map is available at: https://tinyurl.com/Aug27EvacUpdate

Brooking Police Department and the Oregon State Police are assisting the Curry County Sheriff’s Office with making notifications to all affected residents within the identified evacuation areas. 

 

Emergency Alerts:

Displaced residents may relocate to an emergency evacuation shelter at Riley Creek Elementary in Gold Beach 94350 6th St. Gold Beach, OR. (541)-600-6068. Travelers in campers and motels are asked to relocate elsewhere along the Oregon coast. Residents should make arrangements to move property and livestock. People with special health needs or other concerns should relocate during the warning.

 

The Sheriff’s Office is turning back public traffic at Carpenterville Road west of Summit ridge below Burnt Hill. Travelers should avoid this area so that law enforcement and firefighting resources can respond to this emergency. 

 

Residents in Curry County who have a landline will receive emergency notifications via that number. For residents who do not have a landline, or want to receive notifications on a cell phone need to sign up for Emergency Alerts. Curry County residents can sign up for Emergency Alerts on the Curry County website, or directly at https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736723773#/login.

 

Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, 9pm

Community Fire Briefing - Sunday, August 27, 6:00 p.m. at Brookings H.S.

Incident: Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire
Released: 2 hrs. ago

Chetco Bar Fire Community Fire Briefing 
Fire managers will provide an operational update on the Chetco Bar Fire.
When: Sunday, August 27, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Brookings-Harbor High School, 605 Pioneer Road

Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, 3:30pm

Chetco Bar Fire
Evacuation Area Re-Entry Plan 
August 26, 2017 3:00 p.m.

Evacuation Area Re-entry Plan: “ADDITIONAL AREA”

All residences within the fire affected area currently in a level 3 evacuation zone starting at Henderson Road and Carpenterville Road north to Cape Ferrelo Road and east and west off Carpenterville Road will be allowed to return to their homes.

All residents that live in this geographic area are asked to present their picture identification to Curry County Sherriff’s Office Staff members to receive re-entry materials. Residents can pick up the re-entry materials from 3 pm to 6 pm at Ray’s Market 906 Chetco Ave in Brookings, Oregon, or any of the re-entry points on Carpenterville Road.

Two re-entry points have been established at Carpenterville at Rainbow Rock Road or Pistol River/Hwy 101. Residents will present the materials received from the Sheriff’s office at established re-entry points.

Residents should remain prepared to evacuate in a moment’s notice in the event the evacuation levels change and residents should not return any large animal’s home at this time.

Social Media Resources: 
Twitter: @RRSNF #ChetcoBarFire 
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5385/ 
Smoke Blog: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/
E-mail: chetcobarfireinfo@gmail.com 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/R6RRSNF/

 

 

Chetco Bar Fire Update 8/26

Weather and fire behavior: The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for the area of the Chetco Bar Fire through 9 p.m. Saturday evening along with a Fire Weather Watch through Sunday. There will be a drying trend over the fire area with increased temperatures and lower humidity. Winds along ridgetops are predicted to gust 20 mph out of the northeast. Vegetation will continue to dry out, increasing susceptibility to ignition and subsequent fire spread.
As the winds shift out of the northeast, smoke conditions are expected to be hazy in the Brookings area. These conditions have the possibility of impacting Highway 101. For more information: https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/2017/ChetcoBar#Overview 

Yesterday: The predicted gusty northeast winds did not occur over the fire area yesterday. Crews took advantage of this opportunity and continued their progress along the southwestern and western edges of the fire. Aviation resources took advantage of opportunities when smoke cleared and visibility improved to use retardant and water along containment lines to check fire spread. Throughout the night, fire crews worked to build direct and indirect containment lines, prepare structures and patrol fire activity near homes and scout contingency lines.
Today: The thermal trough over the area will contribute to very active fire behavior late into the evening on Saturday and early Sunday morning. During short crown runs, the potential exists to cast embers up to half a mile ahead of the fire.
Along the west and southwest perimeter, firefighters are working to construct additional fireline and to install hoselays that will help to hold fire within containment lines. They will look for opportunities near the northwest and southern perimeter to construct primary and alternate containment lines.
Establishment of an additional helibase will enable aerial support to continue when poor visibility in existing locations would otherwise hinder that support.

Evacuations/Closure Information: Level 1, 2, and 3 Evacuation Levels remain in effect for the Chetco Bar Fire. A map of the evacuation area can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/Aug24-EvacUpdateMap. Residents can sign up for Curry County emergency alert system at http://tinyurl.com/CurryReverse911. The Red Cross is operating a shelter at Riley Creek Elementary, 94350 6th St. in Gold Beach, OR. Local residents are encouraged to review the evacuation levels of the Ready, Set, Go Program at http://tinyurl.com/RdySetGo.

 

https://chetcobarfire.wordpress.com/2017/08/26/chetco-bar-fire-update-826/

Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, 9:45pm 

The City of Brookings has entered a Level 1 pre-evacuation stage due to the #ChetcoBarFire. Sheriff John Ward has also declared a Level 1 pre-evacuation notice for the unincorporated areas which are not currently included in any other evacuation notice. 

The Chetco Bar Fire is in Unified Command with the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, Oregon Department of Forestry and Coos Fpa.

http://www.brookings.or.us/AlertCenter.aspx?AID=The-City-of-Brookings-has-entered-a-Leve-182

A downloadable, printable version of the new evacuation map can be viewed here: http://tinyurl.com/Aug24-EvacUpdateMap.

 

Thursday, August 24, 2017, 11:30am

Daily Update from the U.S. Forest Service
August 24, 2017 9:30 a.m

Chetco Bar Fire Information: Updated phone hours 6am to 10pm
(541) 316-5816,(541) 414-4489,(541) 247-3680, and(541) 469-1177

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5385/

The Chetco Bar Fire is at 102,333 acres with no containment. The fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain and is still about 5.2 miles northeast of Brookings, Oregon. Total personnel fighting the fire is 1,174.

Firefighters continued to make progress yesterday and last night, building direct fire line and indirect contingency line on the south and southwestern flank of the fire using hand crews, dozers and helicopter bucket drops.Crews continued to improve defensible space, prepping structures and setting up sprinkler systems around homes.

The locally-known “Chetco Wind” is expected over the fire area beginning tonight, creating gusty Northeast winds and causing a drop in relative humidity and much warmer temperatures through Saturday. Firefighters have been preparing for this change in weather by building direct fire line and contingency lines on the south and southwestern portions of the fire and increasing the number of structural firefighting resources to assist with structure protection. The team will use helicopters and air tankers as weather allows.

Level 2 and 3 evacuations remain in effect. Residents in the level 2 evacuation area are advised to remain prepared to leave the area at a moment's notice, while residents in the Level 3 evacuation area are advised to stay out of the area completely. An interactive map of the evacuation area can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/yaqhaaqc. Those who have not signed up for reverse 911, can sign up for the emergency alert at http://tinyurl.com/CurryReverse911. The Red Cross is continuing to staff an emergency evacuation shelter at Riley Creek Elementary at 94350 6th St. Gold Beach, OR.(541) 600-6068. There is no shelter in Brookings.

Smoke impacts and haze will increase today along the coast in the Gold Beach and Brookings-Harbor region due to northeast winds transporting smoke to the southwest. Highway 101 will continue to have limited visibility due to sea fog this morning transitioning to smoke midday. For more info about air quality, please visit https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/2017/ChetcoBar…

The Chetco Bar Fire is operating under a unified command structure that includes Oregon State Fire Marshal, U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Department of Forestry and Coos Forest Protection Association. This team continues working closely with the Curry County Sheriff's Office and local emergency personnel and cooperators. This unified team recognizes that every home and acre across the landscape has value to the community. The team is working to protect these values.

For a downloadable, printable version of this update, click here:
http://tinyurl.com/Aug24-UpdateChetcoBar

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 12:11pm

Community Meeting Today - August 23 at Curry County Fairgrounds

Incident: Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire
Released: 35 min. ago

Chetco Fire Community Meeting Today

August 23 at 4:00pm

 

Location: Curry County Fairgrounds, 29392 Ellensburg Avenue, Gold Beach, OR

 

When: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

 

Fire managers and local officials will provide an update on the Chetco Fire.

 

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5385/38833/

 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 2:45am

The Chetco Bar Fire Evacuation Map has been updated.
Click this link to get to the website: http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=00e7f5f765c04622a75ab1c6d408870c&extent=-124.3144%2C42.0773%2C-123.91%2C42.2394

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 6pm

Re-Entry Information for Curry County residents who have been evacuated. 

 

22 Aug Chetco Bar Evacuation Area Re-Entry

Incident: Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire
Released: 5 hrs. ago

Related Information

*         22 Aug Evacuation Area Reducation (pdf 291 kb)

Chetco Bar Fire Evacuation Area Re-entry Plan

August 22, 2017 1:00 P.M.
Chetco Bar Fire Information: (541) 247-3680, (541) 414-4489, (541) 316-5816 & (541)- 469-1177

Evacuation Area Re-entry Plan: All residences within the fire affected area starting at Cape Ferrello Road and Carpenterville Road north to Pistol River and east and west off Carpenterville Road will be allowed to return to their homes (see Level 2 Interactive Evacuation map)

All residents that live in this geographic area are asked to present their picture identification to Curry County Sherriff’s Office Staff members to receive re-entry materials. Residents can pick up the re-entry materials at either the Riley Creek Evacuation Center at 94350 6th Street, Gold Beach, Ray’s Market 906 Chetco Ave in Brookings, Oregon, or re-entry points.

Two re-entry points have been established at Carpenterville at Rainbow Rock Road or Pistol River/Hwy 101. Residents will present the materials received from the Sheriffs office at established re-entry points.

Residents should remain prepared in the event the evacuation levels change and residents should not return any large animals home at this time.

 

Related information:

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/ORRSF/2017-07-19-1456-Chetco-Bar-Fire/related_files/pict20170722-154318-0.pdf

 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 11am

There are still no threats to Del Norte County residents due to the Chetco Bar Fire. 

We will continue to share updates on the fire as they come in here and on the Del Norte Office of Emergency Services Facebook page. You can also find information on the Inciweb page using this website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5385/

 

Monday, August 21, 2017

11:30am

Notice posted on Inciweb:
Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
Chetco Bar Fire Information: 541-316-5816, 541-414-4489, 541-247-3680 

 

Community Meeting: 

Azalea Middle School, 505 Pacific Ave, Brookings on Monday, Aug. 21, 6 p.m. 

 

Evacuations: 

Yesterday the Sheriff’s Office issued an additional mandatory evacuation (Level 3) order that includes an area from the junction of Hwy 101 and Carpenterville Rd. north to the Pistol River, and east to the previous Level 3 evacuation areas. The Sheriff’s Office will continue to evaluate the need for additional evacuation orders as necessary to protect public safety. 

 

The Red Cross is staffing an emergency evacuation shelter at Riley Creek Elementary in Gold Beach 94350 6th St. Gold Beach, OR. (541)-600-6068. There is no shelter in Brookings. 

 

Current Situation:
Strong winds yesterday and overnight pushed the fire to the south and west. The present perimeter of the fire is in the vicinity of Nook Bar west to Ransom Ridge and north to Bosley Butte. Structure protection equipment will focus their work around homes. Unstable atmospheric conditions seen for the past several days will ease as a different weather pattern moves into the area. An infrared flight estimated the size at 91,551 acres. There will be significant smoke this weekend in the Brookings and Harbor area as a result of the fire. Air quality will fluctuate between “moderate” and “unhealthy for sensitive groups” in Brookings. For more information about air quality, please visit the Oregon Smoke Blog: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/ 

 

Closures: 

Anarea closureis in effect in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness in addition to the trail closures in place. Before you head out into the woods this weekend pleases check Inciweb or the Rouge River Siskiyou National Forest (RRSNF) homepage for all closure orders including those that pertain to the Chetco Bar Fire. 

 

Safety Message:
Due to mandatory evacuations and heavy fire traffic travelers are encouraged toavoid highway 101. 

 

As the eclipse approaches and traffic in the area significantly increases, please keep yourself and others safe. August is peak wildfire season in the Pacific Northwest. A small spark can rapidly become a large fire. Know fire risks andrespect fire restrictions, such as campfire bans. Tread lightly and leave no trace. Leave your site better than you found it. 

 

The new 24 hour information line for the Chetco Bar Fire is 541-469-1177. This number will have all updated fire information including any special requests and/or safety concerns for those affected by the evacuation from Pistol River through Chetco River. Please call this new line for all updated fire information.

 

Social Media Resources:
Twitter:
@RRSNF #ChetcoBarFire
Inciweb:https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5385/Smoke Blog:http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/E-mail:chetcobarfireinfo@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/R6RRSNF/ 

 

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/photos/ORRSF/2017-07-19-1456-Chetco-Bar-Fire/related_files/pict20170721-111813-0.pdf

7am

The Xaa-wan'-k'wvt Village & Resort (old Ship Ashore) RV Park has been opened for families who have been displaced by the fire. Please check in first. Contact TDN Emergency Coordinator, Tessa LaFazio for questions.(707) 951-7327,

There is still NO THREAT to any areas of DEL NORTE COUNTY.

 

Sunday, August 20, 2017, 9:00pm

- The Red Cross Emergency Shelter has been relocated to Riley Creek Elementary, 94350 6th Street, Gold Beach. The Emergency Shelter is no longer available at Brookings-Harbor High School.

- All Brookings-Harbor School District athletics and activities canceled until further notice.

- The Chetco Bar Fire community information meeting has been rescheduled to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, at Azalea Middle School, 550 Pacific Ave., Brookings.

- Fire crews will be moving in tonight (Sunday, Aug. 20) and occupying the Bhhs Cafeteria, BHHS Gymnasium & Locker Rooms, & Soccer/Baseball field. More crews from across the Northwest will arrive tomorrow.

- This incident is deeply impacting our students, staff and community, many of whom are under mandatory evacuation in their rural neighborhoods. Please focus on safety first for your family and friends. Don't be afraid to ask for assistance.

- 24 hour information line for the Chetco Bar Fire is 541-469-1177.

Links:
Evacuation Map  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/map/5385/0/69772/
Latest Report  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5385/38600/
Community Meeting https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5385/38606/
Curry Coastal Pilot: http://www.brookings.k12.or.us

 

Sunday, August 20, 2017, 8:43pm

Curry County Community Meeting Monday Aug 21 @ 6 p.m.

Incident: Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire
Released: 2 hrs. ago

A community meeting regarding the Chetco Bar Fire will be held in Brookings at Azalea Middle School, 505 Pacific Ave. Monday August, 21th between 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Incident Management personnel will provide an update on fire activity, operations and evacuations.

 

Please read the update below for a message to Del Norte County Residents

There is NO THREAT to any areas of DEL NORTE COUNTY. The smoke you are seeing in the air is from the Chetco Bar Fire. There are no fires in Del Norte County.

 

Sunday, August 20, 2017, 7:25pm

There is NO THREAT to any areas of DEL NORTE COUNTY. The smoke you are seeing in the air is from the Chetco Bar Fire. There are no fires in Del Norte County.

Saturday evening, Curry County requested assistance from Del Norte County law enforcement and Search & Rescue to help with evacuations. That assistance has been concluded and no other help has been requested.

We understand people in Del Norte County want to help our neighbors in Curry County but you are asked to please refrain from traveling north to help. More people in the area will only create more of a problem during the evacuation process.

If additional assistance is requested, we will update you on this website and on social media.

Again, there is NO THREAT to any areas of DEL NORTE COUNTY and citizens are asked to stay clear of Curry County at this time.

 

 

 

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