SOUTHERN OREGON – The Chetco Bar Fire burning near Brookings is a sleeping giant that officials are concerned may wake up Friday Night. The huge blaze is nearing 104-thousand acres and stalled somewhat on Thursday but that could change.
With smoke levels dampened and clear skies, crews were able to sustain air attack by dropping retardant and water over the outskirts of the fire. There is no containment at this time.
The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch for Friday night as the humidity is expected to drop and winds could gust up to 25-miles per hour.
Incident commanders will take advantage of every opportunity to use aviation resources and ground crews will work at providing structural protection focused in the western and southwestern portions of the fire. Evacuation levels of 1, 2 and 3 are now in effect. A Red Cross shelter has been set up at Riley Elementary School in Gold Beach.
The F.A.A. has issued a temporary flight restriction over the Chetco Bar Fire. Any private aircraft or drone that violates this restriction could face serious criminal charges.
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