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Forest Service Plans Salvage Logging For Chetco Bar Fire Area


The Chetco Bar Fire remained relatively quiet for its first month before exploding into Oregon's largest wildfire. 

The Chetco Bar Fire remained relatively quiet for its first month before exploding into Oregon’s largest wildfire. 

Chetco Bar Fire incident command team

The U.S. Forest Service is planning on salvage logging later this year in about 8 percent of its acres burned in last year’s 191,197-acre Chetco Bar fire in Curry County, a move timber advocates welcomed and one conservation group called “something we can live with.”

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has eyed salvage-logging 13,626 acres within lands already tapped for timber production and where the fire burned more than half the canopy cover, forest documents show.

The remainder of the 170,321 acres of national forestland burned in that blaze either will be left alone or tapped for removal of hazard trees near roads, trails and recreation areas.

The actual salvage-logging area also could be reduced during an ongoing environmental analysis on which the Forest Service is taking public comments through January, forest spokesman Roland Giller said.

Read the full story at the Medford Mail Tribune.

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