Red Flag warning issued for Chetco Bar Fire

Chetco Bar Fire on Aug. 17, 2017. (Photo: Inciweb)

BROOKINGS, Ore. — A "Red Flag" warning has been issued for the Chetco Bar Fire area through Monday.

The designation means that "critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. Gusting winds, low humidity, or dry and unstable conditions will create the potential," according to the National Weather Service.

For the Chetco Bar Fire area, the warning includes gusty, erratic winds, low relative humidity, particularly at higher elevations, and unstable atmospheric conditions, which could lead to fire spreading through the tops of trees and the potential for plume dominated fire growth.

Very heavy smoke impacts are expected today in regional communities around the Chetco Bar Fire. For information about smoke and air quality in the area, visit: