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Chetco Bar Fire: How A Small Blaze Erupted Into Oregon’s Largest Wildfire


On the afternoon of July 12, four firefighters dropped from a helicopter into southwest Oregon’s Kalmiopsis Wilderness to try and snuff out a small but challenging wildfire.

The blaze was just a half-acre, but it was located on a mountain so steep that flaming logs and brush were already careening downhill to the Chetco River.

For two days, the team attacked the fire in deep brush, belly-crawling and bushwhacking along the slopes as three helicopters dropped water on the flames, according to a U.S. Forest Service report.  

Eventually, they were forced to pull out. 

Read more at The Statesman Journal.

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