Archie Creek Fire Update September 26, 2020
Unified Incident Commanders Mike Dueitt and Tim Keith
Phone: 971-334-7674 Hours: 8am-8pm
Special Notes: The Douglas County Sheriff’s office announced the following changes in evacuation levels for the Archie Creek Fire: The LEVEL 1 "BE READY" notice for Nonpareil Road at Banks Creek to the end of Nonpareil Road, including all side streets between these two points, has been lifted. This area is no longer under a formal evacuation notice. The LEVEL 2 "BE SET" on Little River Road at New Bridge Road to the end of Little River Road, including all side streets between these two points, has been reduced to a LEVEL 1 "BE READY" notice. For more information on evacuation levels, see www.dcso.com/evacuations
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners, announced a no-cost disposal program for fire-related woody waste at the Glide Transfer Station at 13921 Glide Transfer Road in Glide. Hours are Wednesday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. The program is only available to residents of Glide and Idleyld Park who were directly affected by the wildfires. For more information, call 541 440-4483.
Fire Update: The Archie Creek Fire has burned 131,642 acres and is 64 percent contained. There are currently 1,010 personnel assigned. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
“We want to get a good tight hold on this fire before warm weather returns in a few days,” said Operations Section Chief Mark Jamieson. With minimal fire behavior yesterday, firefighters made good progress mopping up all around the fire. A half-acre fire outside the perimeter of the Archie Creek Fire in the Pass Creek area was fully contained. Today starts a warming and drying trend that will peak on Tuesday with a high near 90 degrees.
Fire behavior will be minimal again today and firefighters will work where they can, being mindful of slick roads from up to an inch of rain that fell on the fire overnight. “Creeping and smoldering is the theme and it will continue to be for a while here,” said fire behavior analyst Greg Titus. Smoldering persists because large stumps and logs still hold heat and take a long time to absorb water. 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.
Minimal fire behavior will also help hand crews continue to build fire lines directly at the fire’s edge, where necessary and accessible. 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. Other areas protected are Wolf Creek Job Corps, Susan Creek Bridge and communications equipment on Scott Mt.
As containment objectives are met, firefighters are shifting 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. Equipment for suppression repair is arriving, including chippers, excavators and dump trucks.
Examples of suppression repair work include installing water bars on firelines (especially on steep slopes) for proper drainage, repairing destroyed culverts, removing cut limbs and brush from road drainage systems, smoothing fireline berms, returning widened roads and trails to their pre-fire width, covering disturbed soil with mulch or slash and cleaning up flagging, signage and trash. Suppression repair work is done in concert with agency resource advisors to meet resource protection standards. Fire personnel will be contacting landowners about repair needs. Fire suppression repair is for damage done while fighting the fire, not for damage from the fire itself.
Yesterday members of the Southern Area Red Team managing the Archie Creek fire met with the Southern Area Gold Team, who is managing the approximately 10,000-acre Thielsen Fire about 25 miles to the east of the Archie Creek Fire. Beginning Sunday, the Red Team will manage both fires.
Personnel and Equipment: 25 Type 2 hand crews, 5 helicopters, 1 fixed wing air attack, 76 engines, 22 bulldozers, 30 water tenders, 7 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.
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/