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More Chetco Bar Fire evacuees allowed return to home, asked to remain prepared

North Bank Chetco Bar Fire re entry, August 29th. (Curry County Sheriff's Department)

A 5 percent containment has been reached on the west edge of the Chetco Bar Fire on Tuesday.

Curry County Sheriff Office has reduced the evacuation beginning from the western checkpoint on North Bank Chetco Road at Da-Tone Rock and east to the North Fork of the Chetco River, (not including the upper portions of Mountain Drive or Coho Drive) from a Level 3 (GO) to a Level 2(READY). All residents and businesses in that area may return.

Residents and businesses in the lower portion of Mountain Drive from 17070 to 17106, Mori Lane, Conta Lane, Yellow Brick Road, Rule Road, Wild Black Berry Lane, Blue Jay Road, Pleasant Hill Drive, Coho Drive 16880 – 16986 will also be allowed to return.

All residents are asked to present a photo ID and re-entry materials to be allowed back to the area. Entry forms can be picked up from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Ray's Market on 906 Chetco Ave in Brookings or on Da-Tone Rock on North Bank Chetco Road.

Residents are reminded to remain prepared in the event evacuation levels change and are encouraged not to return large animals to their homes at this time.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

Firefighters expect another active due to a consistent warm temperatures and poor humidity in the area. Monday proved challenging as poor viability hindered aerial attacks in the morning. Smoke eventually cleared up in the afternoon allowing helicopters to work on the northwest of the fire to supporting crews and heavy equiptment. Most of the active activity happened in the Emily Creek drainage, East Fork of the Pistol River, and along the eastern flank in the Kalimiopsis Wilderness.

A 5 percent containment was reached in the western edge of the fire. Fire crews will continue to constructing primary and alternate containment lines today.

120 National Guard firefighters will be arriving to assist with mop up at the fire's western perimeter.

The fire has now burned 125,271 acres.

SMOKE CONDITIONS

Unhealthy levels of smoke will be seen across the News10 viewing area on Monday. It is adviced to stay indoors and avoid strenious activities.

We will update this story throughout the day wil new information as it becomes available.

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