Chetco Bar Fire Update: August 10

Release Date: Aug 10, 2017  

The Chetco Bar Fire is located in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. A recent infrared flight showed slight fire growth to the north and west, with an approximate acreage of 4,871.

The Chetco Bar Fire is within the 2002 Biscuit Fire and the 1987 Silver Fire footprints. Fuels burning are mainly large downed snags, grass and understory, with some single tree torching. The fire is naturally burning in a mosaic pattern, leaving behind a mixture of unburned fuel islands, moderately burned areas and some high severity burn areas. The fire is being corralled by natural barriers such as streams and rocky outcroppings. Firefighters will engage the fire when appropriate and it is safe to do so. More heavy equipment arrived today to assist crews in the preparation of contingency containment lines.


The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has closed the Upper Chetco, Tincup and Boulder Tie trails for the health and safety of public and firefighters. Portions of the Kalmiopsis Rim, Tincup and Bailey Mountain trails remain closed. Please visit for all forest orders including those that pertain to the Chetco Bar Fire.

As experienced yesterday, lingering smoke from the Chetco Bar Fire and adjacent fires is expected to persist in nearby river drainages. Air quality is expected to be “moderate” today and tomorrow with the exception of Brookings and Gold Beach, which are expected to be “good”.

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