Chetco Bar Fire grows to nearly 180,000 acres, 5 percent contained

Brookings under level one evacuation alert due to wildfire

The Chetco Bar fire, which is located in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness and Chetco River corridor near Brookings, grew to 177,693 acres with five percent containment as of 9:40 p.m. Friday.

A thick marine layer and rainfall helped the fire from growing rapidly, but drier, warmer conditions are expected to bring back more fire activity.

Temperatures are ten to 20 degrees warmer than they were on Thursday when rain fell, which will create a warming and drying trend of the region. The area's fuels, which includes timber, Douglas fir, oak and brush fields, will be drier and more susceptible to burning.

Photos: Damage from Brookings fire

Officials have observed there is lower fire spread in lower elevations and slightly higher fire activity in higher elevations.

Roughly 1,350 personnel are patrolling for spot fires while the Oregon State Fire Marshal Tasks Force continues to complete structure evaluations and preparation.

See a detailed evacuation map here

Crews plan on developing a plan for containment of the fire on the east edge of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, according to National Wildfire Coordinating Group updates.

Click here for the latest updates on the Chetco Bar Fire

Photos: Damage from Brookings fire

 

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