Archie Creek Fire Update September 25, 2020
Unified Incident Commanders Mike Dueitt and Tim Keith
Phone: 971-334-7674 Hours: 8am-8pm
Special Notes: American Red Cross is giving out wildfire recovery kits at the old Glide Middle School gym today from 10 am to 2 pm at 301 Glide Loop. The Red Cross is still offering assistance to those who lost homes in the fire. For more information, call 231-386-0412.
Additional rainfall has allowed the Douglas Forest Protective Association to drop the fire danger to LOW on all DFPA protected lands. The Industrial Fire Precaution Level will remain at IFPL II. For more information about public or industrial fire restrictions, see www.dfpa.net or call DFPA’s information line at 541-672-0379.
Fire Update: The Archie Creek Fire has burned 131,642 acres and is 59 percent contained. There are currently 1,093 personnel assigned. Acreage is increased due to better mapping. The cause is under investigation.
“The rain had a good effect on the fire,” said Operations Chief Mark Jamieson. With minimal fire behavior yesterday, firefighters mopped up at least 100 feet from firelines into the fire in most areas, and deeper than that where necessary. Containment increased as firefighters are confident that firelines at the southeast flank of the fire next to a 2017 fire scar will hold. A warm front today is forecasted to drop about another inch of rain on the fire through Saturday. The weather may prevent aircraft from flying today.
“Moisture is driving down potential for fire spread,” said fire behavior analyst trainee Mike Ward. Minimal fire behavior will help hand crews build fire lines directly at the fire’s edge in areas in the south, southeast and east flanks of the fire where burnable vegetation is between the fire’s edge and containment lines. Crews will also remove hazard trees along the Rock Creek Road corridor to make it safe for travel. Oregon Department of Transportation crews continue to remove hazard trees along Highway 138E.
Smoldering will continue today because large stumps and logs still hold heat and take a long time to absorb water. Reduced fire behavior will help firefighters detect smoke from the larger burning materials and mop up hot spots that could threaten the line once conditions become warmer and drier. Firefighters are mopping up all around the fire. Mop up is a progressive process. It starts immediately along containment lines and goes deeper and deeper into the fire interior each day until firefighters are confident that fire will not cross the lines. Fire hose placed all around the perimeter helps cool hot spots during mop up.
Specific areas of mop up include the Panther Creek (4714) Road area west of Highway 138, Zig Zag Creek area, a half-acre fire outside the perimeter of the Archie Fire in the Pass Creek area, an area south of Trapper Creek and around structures in Glide, Idleyld Park and Rock Creek.
Firefighters are protecting homes and other buildings in all areas of the fire, including along Little River Road and they are assessing structure protection for the Bar L subdivision. Areas of protection focus include the Wolf Creek Job Corps, Susan Creek Bridge and communications equipment on Scott Mountain.
North of Highway 138E, in the Steamboat area, firefighters and heavy equipment continue to work along Canton Creek Road to Trapper Creek to remove hazard trees and burnable vegetation along contingency firelines.
As containment objectives are met, firefighters will shift their mission to backhauling equipment, improving roads and assessing what actions they need to take to repair damage from building firelines and suppressing the fire. This is to ensure fireline construction and other suppression actions do not have long-lasting impacts to natural resources. Suppression repair will begin today northwest and southeast of the fire along contingency lines, secondary firelines set back from the perimeter of the fire.
Personnel and Equipment: 27 Type 2 hand crews, 5 helicopters, 1 fixed wing air attack, 77 engines, 26 bulldozers, 34 water tenders, 8 masticators and 5 skidgeons.
Help for Fire Victims: Information on disaster aid can be found at https://wildfire.oregon.gov/ The following agencies and organizations are helping those who were affected by this fire and are accepting donations.
Glide Revitalization Committee located at Glide Middle School, 301 Glide Loop Drive. https://gliderevitalization.com/
Red Cross: also located at Glide Middle School. Call 231-386-0412.
Glide Helping Hands Wednesdays 10am-2pm, located behind Glide Seventh Day Adventist Church (1/2 mile east of Glide High School): 541-733-6860
Glide Baptist Church: https://www.glidebaptist.org/
Greater Douglas United Way: https://gduway.org/campaigns/fire-relief-fund/
Roseburg Rotary: https://www.facebook.com/RoseburgRotary/ and
Douglas Timber Operators / Umpqua Fisheries Enhancement Derby:
Saving Grace: www.savinggrace.info 541-672-3907
Salvation Army: 541-672-6581
Clothes, food, blankets and hygiene supplies for families affected by the Archie Fire are available at the Western Oregon Expo in Cottage Grove. Contact Athena or Skye at 541-942-6150.
Evacuations, shelter areas: An interactive map of the current evacuation area can be found at www.dcso.com/evacuations. For more evacuation information, visit the Douglas County Sheriff website www.dcso.com/evacuations and Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DouglasCoSO
The Douglas County Fairgrounds has full RV spaces, electric hookup spaces and dry camping available. They also have stalls and arenas for livestock and farm animals. Contact Ciera Keith at (541) 440-4394 for more information.
Air quality: See the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality at http://www.oregon.gov/deq
Roads –Highway 138E is open, but delays up to 45 minutes should be expected. See www.tripcheck.com for updates on highway closures.
Bureau of Land Management – Lands east of Interstate 5, in the Swiftwater Resource Area are closed.
Umpqua National Forest – Maps and closure orders can be found on Inciweb at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7176/. Additional information on Forest Service closures are available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/umpqua/alerts-noticesManaged lands east of Interstate 5, within the Swiftwater Resource Area are closed.
Temporary Flight Restriction: There is a temporary flight restriction for aircraft, including drones, in effect for the Archie Creek Fire from 10,000 feet above mean sea level to 8,000 feet. Non-fire aircraft may fly over the fire area from 8 pm to 9 am. Wildfires are a No Drone Zones. If you fly, we can’t. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/