Bureau of Land Management
The Archie Creek Fire burning east of Roseburg spread to the west Wednesday due to hot, dry and windy conditions. The fire started Tuesday in the Steamboat area and merged with the Star Mt Fire in the Susan Creek area. The combined fires are now called the Archie Creek Fire which is now 107,000 acres and is at 0% containment. It is burning in the North Umpqua drainage on the west slope of the Cascades. The French Creek Fire to the north is approximately 400 acres and is in patrol status. It did not merge with the Archie Creek Fire.
Northwest IMT 9 (I.C. Goff) assumed command of the fire Wednesday evening and is coordinating suppression efforts with the Umpqua National Forest, the Roseburg Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA), the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and Search and Rescue.
Today fire managers will continue assessment of the fire. They are working with local fire departments on point protection and with local loggers on construction of control lines.
Weather conditions have led to another Red Flag Fire Warning for this afternoon.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Air quality: The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Air Pollution Advisory for today. For more information, visit http://www.oregon.gov/deq
Closures: Highway 138 East remains closed to non-fire traffic between Milepost 17 and 47. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and to monitor www.tripcheck.com for updates on the highway closure.
All Bureau of Land Management (BLM) managed lands, east of Interstate 5, within the Swiftwater Resource Area are closed.
Umpqua National Forest lands in the fire area are also closed.
Evacuations: About 3,000 people from the community of Glide have been evacuated.Multiple homes and recreational sites in and around the fire area have received Level 2 “Be Set” and / or Level 3 “GO!” evacuation notices. Residents are urged to take these evacuation notices seriously and follow recommendations of responders. Evacuations notices are being coordinated between fire officials and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Follow DCSO’s Facebook page for current evacuation notices.
The community of Glide has been evacuated. The Red Cross has a temporary resource center set up at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Roseburg to assist residents displaced by the fire.