Cooler weather helps crews on the Chetco Bar Fire

Chetco Bar Fire, Sept. 11th 2017, (KTVL/Megan Allison)

BROOKINGS, Ore. -- The Chetco Bar Fire is just over 182,000 acres and about 1500 people are currently working on the fire lines.

Rain and cooler weather are helping crews, especially as clearing smoke allows helicopters over the fire.

Recent infrared flights show the heat on the edges of the fire is starting to disappear.

"We've had numerous miles that are actually in the closest proximity to the city of Brookings. Those have held for the last ten days or more at this point and the fire has not moved so we feel really good about that," public information officer Terry Krasko said.

Right now containment lines are at five percent. The majority of level three evacuations have been moved down to a level two, allowing residents to return to their homes.

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