Chetco Bar Fire on 08/17/17 (Photo: USFS)

Chetco Bar Fire grows to 98,000 acres

Update (08/22/17 3:00 p.m.) The following information was issued by the USFS on August 22, 2017 at 1:00 P.M.

All residences within the fire affected area starting at Cape Ferrello Road and Carpenterville Road north to Pistol River and east and west off Carpenterville Road will be allowed to return to their homes (see Level 2 Interactive Evacuation map)

All residents that live in this geographic area are asked to present their picture identification to Curry County Sherriff’s Office Staff members to receive re-entry materials. Residents can pick up the re-entry materials at either the Riley Creek Evacuation Center at 94350 6th Street, Gold Beach, Ray’s Market 906 Chetco Ave in Brookings, Oregon, or re-entry points.

Two re-entry points have been established at Carpenterville at Rainbow Rock Road or Pistol River/Hwy 101. Residents will present the materials received from the Sheriffs office at established re-entry points.

Residents should remain prepared in the event the evacuation levels change and residents should not return any large animals home at this time.


(Original Story) Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Ore. – A wildfire northeast of Brookings has burned an estimated 98,000 acres, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

As of Monday night, three homes were destroyed and more than 1,700 people were under mandatory Level 3 evacuation orders. You can view the current evacuation areas on the interactive map below.

According to the Oregon State Fire Marshal, the fire is burning within three miles of Brookings.

The Red Cross has set up an emergency evacuation shelter at Riley Creek Elementary School in Gold Beach.

The shelter in Brookings was moved to Gold Beach due to increased firefighting activity in the area and to create more distance between the fire and the evacuation center.

A representative from the Red Cross Pet Evacuation Team will be at the evacuation shelter to provide assistance if necessary.

The Oregon State Fire Marshal said Monday’s weather pattern was favorable to firefighters, as light winds and higher humidity helped slow the fire’s growth compared to previous days.

You can find the very latest fire information here:

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