And while fire officials confirmed there’s been little growth and no active flame in most of the Chetco Bar Fire’s eastern side for a few days, they cautioned against complacency.
“Conditions might change as the weather heats up,” East Zone Incident Commander Brian Gales said, noting that the 188,284-acre fire — one of the nation’s largest — could still cause trouble. “With three to five days of drying, the fire could take some small runs, but I don’t think you’ll see a wall of fire coming at the fire lines.”
The previous week’s fire meeting was jammed beyond capacity, with hundreds of concerned — some almost frantic — citizens standing elbow-to-elbow, but this week, after four days of smoke-free air, everyone was able to find a chair.
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