While the winds may have moved the smoke away from the coast, wildland fires continue to burn in areas north and east of Crescent City.
According to the Six Rivers National Forest information center, the Eclipse Complex, which consists mostly of the Oak Fire, showed little growth toward Big Flat and Gasquet over the weekend. The fire, had been stopped by the south fork of the Smith River last week, but continues to spread along its banks.
“Remaining areas of heat are being worked with water drops from helicopters,” a release stated. “Crews are in position to hold the containment lines should additional fire burn upslope from the river toward the ridge line.”
On the fire’s east side, crews have completed lines to the north near Kelly Lake to protect Indian Creek for the long term.
However, predicted hotter weather for Monday, crews expected more activity and more smoke.
Several closures were in place as of Monday and a full list can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xRHYQ.
Chetco Bar Fire
Now over 182,000 acres in burned area, the Chetco Bar Fire continues to spread in all directions, but is considered five percent contained, according to the Inciweb information system.
Various evacuation levels and orders have been issued in recent week, mostly in the outlying easternmost areas of Brookings. In the area, crews continue to maintain containment on completed lines and complete new contingency lines.
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The estimated containment date has not changed, and is still listed as Oct. 15.
A community briefing will be held 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Agness at the Agness Community Building, 3927 Cougar Lane, at 6:30 p.m.
Closure orders and updates are posted regularly on https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5385/