Archie Creek Fire
Northwest Incident Management Team 9 (Incident Commander Brian Goff)
Fire Update: Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 Current Situation: Favorable weather conditions yesterday resulted in another day of decreased fire activity on the Archie Creek Fire. Containment lines along the western flank of the fire were held in check from the South Fork of Calapooya Creek, down to Glide.
Crews continue working in the area to reinforce primary and secondary containment lines. In the Little River area, crews are using a combination of existing road systems and new dozer lines to check the fire’s spread. Structure protection resources remain in place area. Air operations were grounded for another day due to smokey conditions in the region.
Firefighters, and crews from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Pacific Power continue work along Highway 138E by cutting hazard trees, checking downed power lines and removing debris from the roadway. The highway remains closed to all non-fire personnel from mile marker 21 through to the Highway 97 junction. Road clearing operations also continued on Rock Creek Road.Construction of direct and indirect line will continue today, along with holding and mopping up completed line. Firefighters will assess opportunities to exclude acres when possible. Again, several crews will work late into the night. Air resources are available should the smoke clear enough to make flying safe. Temperatures and humidity today will be slightly higher than yesterday, with variable winds, shifting direction through the day. Smoke will continue to hang over lower elevations.Safety for firefighters, emergency workers and the public is our number one priority. Road and area closures in and around the Archie Creek Fire remain in place while firefighters continue suppression and control efforts. The Archie Creek Fire has burned 121,379 acres and remains 10% contained. There are 556 personnel assigned to the fire. Additional resources are expected to arrive today. More are on order.
Yesterday, 255 residents of certain areas of the Glide and Idleyld Park communities which were impacted by the Archie Creek Fire, attended a meeting to learn about the status of their home. In total, 109 residences have been identified as lost as a result of the fire. The specific locations of the losses are not being released at this time. Thus far, there have been no reports of fatalities or missing persons made to the Sheriff's Office. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to all those who have been displaced and negatively impacted by this fire. Donations to fire victims may be dropped off at the Glide Baptist Church or the through the Red Cross.
Evacuations, shelter areas: Douglas County Sheriff website www.dcso.com/evacuations and Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DouglasCoSO/
Air quality: The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality at http://www.oregon.gov/deq
Road closures: Monitor www.tripcheck.com for updates on the highway closures.
Umpqua National Forest closures: Maps and closure orders can be found on Inciweb at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7176/ . Additional information on the Forest Service closures are available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/umpqua/alerts-noticesmanaged landseast of Interstate 5, within the Swiftwater Resource Area are closed.