Brown tasked a group of local stakeholders to form the Chetco Bar Fire Recovery
Council, chaired by Rep. David Brock Smith. The primary purpose of the council
was to report on recovery needs. The council developed a list of
recommendations, most of which have been addressed. Here is a summary of those
recommendations and related outcomes.
the council suggested the creation of this web page to help improve the flow of
information to the public about regional recovery.
In terms of
planning for the long-term economic recovery for the region, the South Coast
Development Council (SCDC) is partnering with the City of Brookings to document
the economic impact of the fire and develop strategies to mitigate those
impacts. If you are interested in that effort, contact Sam Baugh at SCDC.
Safe Access to the National Forest
trees are a threat to public safety and the public also has an interest in
continuing to recreate in the forest. The Forest Service is trying to manage
that balance by progressively reducing the closed area.
Below is a map showing the closed area as of December 2017. To check for recent
updates or to see the latest information on forest closures, visit the Siskiyou
National Forest alerts page.
If you are
driving into the forest this spring or summer, be aware that there is a lot of
salvage logging on private lands and be aware of log trucks. (A good strategy
for navigating this situation is to find a log truck and fall in behind it.)
Information for Small Wood Lot Owners
If you own
timberland that was impacted by the fire and you have technical questions about
restoration activities on your land, the Oregon Department
of Forestry can assist you. In addition, if you are interested in
restoration of the landscape and helping restore the forest to health, contact Matt Swanson at South Coast
Watershed Council, 541.373.0800. The Natural Resources Conservation Service
(NRCS) has also developed a Conservation Implementation Strategy for private
landowners affected by the Chetco Bar Fire. The NRCS contact is: Eric
Moeggenberg, District Conservationist, 541.824.8091.
Farm Service Agency
(FSA) in Coos and Curry counties is accepting applications for the Emergency
Forest Restoration Program (EFRP). Owners of non-industrial private forest
lands damaged by the Chetco Bar Fire may be eligible for assistance with a wide
variety of restoration activities—deadline is Friday, June 1, 2018. Contact:
Bret Harris, FSA, County Executive Director, 541-396-4323 ext. 2 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fire & Disaster Preparedness
only a small number of structures were burned in the Chetco Bar Fire. If you want
to learn more about “defensible space” and how to prepare your property to
protect your home, excellent resources are available here:
The fire was
also a reminder for many in south Curry County of the need for additional
community preparedness for all kinds of disasters. If you are interested in
getting involved in those efforts, contact Jerry
Dumire at Curry County.
Businesses Impacted by the Fire
The Small Business Development Center has
assisted numerous small businesses dealing with the impacts of the fire, and
could possibly connect you with low-interest loans to speed that recovery.