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Chetco Fire Recovery Projects Moving Forward

Contact(s): Virginia Gibbons (541) 618-2113 vgibbons@fs.fed.us, Brian White (541) 618-2061

Chetco Fire Recovery Projects Moving Forward

Brookings, OR – The Rogue Siskiyou National Forest (RRSNF) is pleased to announce plans for disaster funding authorized by Congress in response to wildfires and other natural disasters that occurred in 2017.  According to Brian White, Forest Staff Officer, the RRSNF is purposely targeting the funds toward coastal communities hardest hit by the Chetco Bar fire.

Designs are being developed for several major projects such as:  

  • Repaving Chetco River Road/surface rock roads (8 mi./6 mi.- $1.8 million)

  • Renovating Chetco River Bridge (deck, guardrails, middle pier - $500,000)

  • Replacing culverts (8 total - $200,000)

  • Rehabilitating recreation sites (Hazard tree removal, toilet repairs, etc. - $50,000)

  • Repairing damaged trails (Mileage dependent on conditions - $267,000)


Some of this work is already underway utilizing partners and Forest staff.  The earliest work has focused primarily on recreation and trail assets to ensure they are operable and safe for public use during the summer recreation season.

“We are keenly aware of the significant impact the Chetco Bar fire has had on these small and remote communities,” White stated,  “infrastructure investments such as these will have both short and long-term benefits.   Our staff has worked tirelessly to get these projects on the ground in time to benefit this summer tourism season.”

Also in response to fire impacts, the RRSNF has delayed implementation of new fees at several recreation sites within the Chetco Fire burn area after community leaders expressed a sense of “too much at once” as the community recovers.  

For further information on these and other infrastructure projects on the RRSNF this year, please contact Brian White (Engineering Staff Officer) at brianwhite@fs.fed.us or (541) 618-2061.