Chetco Bar Fire Update, Josephine County September 8, 2017 9 a.m. (Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire)

Chetco Bar Fire Update, Josephine County September 8, 2017 9 a.m. (Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire)

Chetco East Zone Fire Update. Friday, September 8, 2017 9:00 a.m. Thursday was wet across much of the Chetco East Zone Fire. After numerous, sometimes intense, showers, some places had received ¼ to ½ inch of precipitation. Some sites even received a full inch of rain. “Will this help the fires?” was a frequent, hopeful question voiced by community members. “Every bit of rain helps,” said Operations Section Chief Pat Halford. “It temporarily raises the humidity, dampens the fuels, reduces fire activity and slows fire growth.” However, the rains were not evenly distributed and, especially in thick brush and under a forest canopy and large dead logs, the rain didn’t penetrate or wasn’t sufficient to make a difference. The fine fuels will dry out quickly as weather begins to warm again. Firefighters will be taking advantage of this respite to continue their work. They will be attentive to the locations where more active fire potential still exists and the time it…
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