Chetco Bar Fire Update September 4, 2017 9:00 a.m. (Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire)

Chetco Bar Fire Update September 4, 2017 9:00 a.m. (Chetco Bar Fire Wildfire)

Weather and Fire Behavior: Temperatures have risen above 100 degrees in the fire area over the past two days and the Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect through today. Exceptionally dry conditions were observed on the fire yesterday afternoon. This is the fourth day that temperatures, humidity levels, and fuel moisture have aligned to create critical burning conditions, with unstable air favoring active fire behavior. Increased winds predicted for today could result in an uptick in fire behavior and have the potential to carry embers up to four tenths of a mile. Smoke column development is possible especially on the east side of the fire in the brush fuels. Yesterday: Fire behavior was very active in several areas around the fire perimeter. On the eastern flank, a significant smoke column developed to a height of 23,000 feet in the early afternoon to the south. The fire spotted over Forest Road 1983 and became established in the Wheeler Creek drainage. High temperatures and…
Source: InsiWeb

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