Could The Chetco Bar Fire Have Been Prevented?

By Liam Moriarty
Oregon Public Broadcasting
October 9, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Chetco Bar Fire, near Brookings on Oregon’s south coast, simmered for weeks in the scars of previous fires in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness before breaking out in mid-August. As the fire raced across the landscape, driven by high winds, the firefighting effort came under growing criticism. For a few weeks in late summer, Chetco Bar was the nation’s top priority fire. …It also – along with other major fires — created unhealthy air quality over western Oregon and northern California. As the fire grew and the air thickened, tempers flared. “It’s horrific. And there is no f#@%ing excuse for it whatsoever. The US Forest Service could have prevented this easily, and they didn’t.”

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