Bureau of Land Management
Public briefing: Archie Creek Fire Officials will hold a virtual public briefing today, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 at 2:00 pm. This will be a live stream video information briefing regarding the fire affecting several communities in Douglas County. Please check the Archie Creek Fire Information Facebook page for a link to the live video beginning at 1:55 pm. The briefing will begin at 2:00 pm.
Current Situation: The Archie Creek Fire burning east of Roseburg is now 115,857 acres with 0% contained. It is burning in the North Umpqua drainage on the west slope of the Cascades. Today fire managers will continue assessment of the fire. They are working with local fire departments on structural protection and fire line construction as weather conditions allow. Line construction continues on west and southwest flanks, utilizing heavy equipment in cooperation with local timber companies. ODOT is working to clear Highway 138 E for fire traffic only. Pacific power is working to restore and protect lines and infrastructure. Structural fire departments are working directly with residents and on damage assessments.
Fire fighter and public safety is a concern and access to fire areas is limited at this time due to smoke inversion and blocked roads. Residences and commercial properties continue to be evacuated. Large tracts of private and federal timber lands continue to be threatened. Electrical transmission lines are damaged or are threatened.
Forest recreation areas are impacted. Recreational resorts are closed due to the fire.
Northwest Team 9 (I.C. Goff) is working with the Umpqua National Forest, the Roseburg Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA), Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Search and Rescue, local fire departments and local loggers.
Weather: Extreme fire weather conditions will continue to hamper suppression. Low humidity, high temperatures and high winds continue to create extreme fire conditions. Smoke inversion limits use of aerialresources. Humidity is expected to increase over the weekend, with possible rain early next week.
LEVEL 1 "BE READY": ALL DOUGLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS SHOULD BE IN THIS LEVEL OF READINESS AT ALL TIMES.
LEVEL 2 "BE SET:” Nonpareil Road 4400-7500 block (Including Fair Oaks Road, Fraser Canyon, Bonanza Mine, Plat K)
LEVEL 3 "GO!": LEAVE IMMEDIATELY!
Dry Creek (Happy Creek Ln, Felix Flat, Elk Ridge, Illahee)
Steamboat Creek to Little River Road in Glide (Includes all addresses between these points, Includes the towns of Idleyld Park and Glide)
All of Little River Road
The end of Nonpareil Road west to Banks Creek Road
Shelter: Douglas County has an evacuation location for displaced wildfire residents, pets and livestock. Information about space availability at the Fairgrounds, contact the Fairground Office at 541-440-4394. For information on shelter for horses and large animals, contact the Douglas County Parks Department at 541-440-6040. For small animals (cats, dogs, birds, etc.), contact Saving Grace at 541-672-3907. For other small animals like pigs, sheep or goats, contact the Douglas County Fairgrounds for space information.
The American Red Cross, working in conjunction with the Salvation Army, has set up a temporary Emergency Shelter in Douglas Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. For more information, please contact the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army directly. You can reach the Salvation Army at (541) 672-6581 and the American Red Cross at (541) 344-5244.
Safety of evacuated areas: Douglas County deputies and troopers from the Oregon State Police are patrolling residential areas in an effort to deter and detect criminal activities during the evacuation period. Residents who have video surveillance or cameras, should call and report any suspicious activity they observe.
The Sheriff's Office has created a page on its website which contains maps of the current evacuation zones. The maps attempt to provide a visual of the most current evacuation zones by showing roads and specific addresses in some cases. The maps can be found at www.dcso.com/evacuations and are updated as quickly as possible.
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 Highway 97 junction.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. See the forest Facebook pge for updates.