Chetco Bar Fire and BAER Information

Timeline of the Chetco Bar Fire

Chetco Story Map Button

The Chetco Bar Fire was reported on July 12, 2017, burning in the 2002 Biscuit Fire and 1987 Silver Fire scars located in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness in Southwest Oregon. The Chetco Bar Fire Timeline tells the story of the 2017 Chetco Bar Fire.

Reports and Documents of Interest

Chetco Bar Fire Area Closures for Public Health and Safety

What is BAER?

Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) is an emergency program aimed at managing imminent unacceptable risks to human life and safety, property, or critical natural and cultural resources from post-wildfire damaging events. The primary purpose of the BAER program is to assess and prevent damage from rain events on burned areas. Fires result in loss of vegetation, exposure of soil to erosion, and increased water runoff that may lead to flooding, increased sediment, debris flows, and damage to critical natural and cultural resources.Aerial shot of Chetco Bar Fire

Natural resource specialists conduct field surveys and use science-based models to rapidly assess watersheds on all lands, inventorying values at risk, and determining the need for emergency measures and treatments on National Forest lands. BAER Team members closely assess the watersheds for post-fire rain related impacts such as increased flooding, debris flow potential, and increased soil erosion.

Aerial shot of Chetco Bar FireThe goal is to minimize threats to life or property and to stabilize and prevent unacceptable degradation to natural and cultural resources resulting from the fire effects. 

The BAER Team then recommends various treatments and time-critical activities to be completed before the first damaging storm event. Those recommendations are submitted as a proposed rehabilitation plan to the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and the Pacific Northwest Region of the USFS for approval. Once approved, the Forest will receive funding to complete rehabilitation efforts within the fire area.



Assessing soil structure BAER Team member A man surveys ground

Treatments will be installed within one year from the date of full containment for the Chetco Bar Fire and may be monitored for up to three years.

Learn More About the Chetco Bar Fire BAER Process

Inciweb logo The RRSNF has an Inciweb page dedicated to the Chetco Bar Fire BAER process that includes photographs, maps, and other information for the public to stay informed about this important post-fire effort.