Residents of Brookings Urged to Prepare for Evacuations as Megafire Threatens to Expand With Windy, Dry Weather
A report of a 1/4 acre fire came in on July 12, and initially, the fire burned slowly. On August 18th, only 22,000 acres were consumed. Over the next four days, it quadrupled in size to nearly 100,000 acres. The Chetco Bar Fire became the Nation’s highest priority blaze. Now, it has exceeded 100,000 acres becoming a megafire.
Today, it continues pushing westward to Hwy 101 and towards the communities along the Oregon coast.
Meanwhile, the weather is expected to increase the fire danger. According to InciWeb, “A Fire Weather Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for the fire area from Friday evening through Saturday morning for strong gusty winds with low RH. Gusty offshore “Chetco” winds will bring a period of much warmer and drier air to the fire area during this period.”
The decrease in moisture will increase fire activity. The winds could lead to fire spotting across the lines and starting new fires.
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