Chetco Bar Fire burns at 180,000 acres

Chetco Bar Fire, September 4th. (Chetco Bar Fire Facebook Page)

The Chetco Bar Fire grows and is now burning at 184,208 acres.

Fire Stats:

  • Start Date: July 12, 2017
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Acres: 184,208 acres
  • Total Personnel: 1,550
  • Containment: 5%

Fire officials say the recent rainfall and high humidity minimized fire activity. Warming and drying are expected through Monday, which could increase fire activity on the south and southwest fire perimeter.

Saturday, crews will continue to strengthen containment lines around the perimeter of the fire.

Evacuations: Evacuations remain in Curry and Josephine County and will be evaluated daily.

The Curry County Sheriff’s Office say in a statement that based on current fire behavior, they have reduced the area currently under a Level 3 Evacuation to a 'Level 2' for the area of Mountain Drive off of the North Bank of the Chetco River Road. This area includes:

  • All of Mountain Drive
  • Van Pelt Drive,
  • Thomas Lane,
  • Canyon Drive,
  • E. Cougar Drive, and
  • W. Cougar Drive

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

The Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation is 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.

Air resources will support firefighting efforts as visibility and weather permit.

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