Chetco Bar Fire Air Quality Update September 5, 2017 9:00 a.m. (Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire)
Smoke: Heavy smoke continues to settle in communities down valley from the Chetco Bar fire in all directions. Inland communities such as Agness, Cave Junction and Grants Pass are expected to remain in the Very Unhealthy range through today and into tomorrow. Coastal communities are expected to get a slight reprieve this afternoon as light southwest winds and onshore flow help to drift smoke inland. Smoke will settle back into these areas overnight. In general, the coast (including Gold Beach and Brookings) should average Very Unhealthy conditions.Fire: Active fire behavior is expected again today as critical burn conditions exist. The fire is 167,513 acres burned and is 5% contained.Other: The Gold Beach, Agness and now Brookings smoke monitors are all experiencing flow issues. We are working to get these fixed as quickly as possible.