Archie Creek and Thielsen Fire Update September 27, 2020
Unified Incident Commanders Mike Dueitt and Tim Keith
Archie Creek Fire
Special Notes: As of today, the Southern Area Red Team, which is managing the Archie Creek Fire in unified command with the Bureau of Land Management, Umpqua National Forest and Douglas County Forest Protective Association, will also manage the Thielsen Fire, about 25 miles to the east of the Archie Creek Fire on the Umpqua National Forest.
The Douglas Forest Protective Association has reduced the Industrial Fire Precaution Level to IFPL I, district wide. During IFPL I, industrial operators are required to have fire suppression equipment on site and conduct a fire watch once they are done operating for the day. There are no industrial shutdown times with IFPL I.
Archie Creek Fire: The Archie Creek Fire is east of Roseburg in the North Umpqua corridor on state, private and federal land. It has burned 131,542 acres and is 67 percent contained. There are currently 946 personnel assigned. Cause: under investigation. The change in acreage today is due to better mapping.
Personnel and Equipment: 25 Type 2 hand crews, 5 helicopters, 1 fixed wing air attack, 69 engines, 21 bulldozers, 27 water tenders, 6 masticators, 5 skidgeons and 4 excavators.
With rain in the morning and clouds all day, fire behavior was minimal yesterday. Firefighters continued to make good progress mopping up all around the fire in areas they could access from good roads. They also assessed actions they need to take to repair damage from building firelines and suppressing the fire.
Today firefighters will continue to mop up all around the fire, going deeper and deeper into the interior until they are confident that fire will not cross the lines. When they are confident firelines will hold, they will backhaul fire hose and other equipment from that area, assess suppression repair needs and begin repairs.
Today hand crews will construct remaining firelines directly at the fire’s edge, where necessary and accessible. Firefighters protect 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. Firefighters will also remove hazard trees along the Rock Creek Road corridor and other roads to make them safe for travel.
Stumps and logs will still smolder in the interior of the fire and with a warming and drying trend into next week sending temperatures to near-record highs near 90 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday, some areas may show more active fire behavior. However, fire behavior analyst Greg Titus said. “There is no concern for fire growth due to moisture and the work that has been done [to contain the fire].”
Chippers, excavators and dump trucks are on hand to do suppression repair as conditions allow. Suppression repair ensures actions taken to fight the fire do not have long-term impacts on natural resources. Examples of suppression repair work are installing water bars on firelines (especially on steep slopes) for proper drainage, repairing destroyed culverts, removing limbs and brush from drainage systems, smoothing fireline berms, returning widened roads and trails to 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.
Thielsen Fire: The Thielsen Creek Fire is located five miles north of Crater Lake near Diamond Lake Resort. It has burned 9.971acres and is 69 percent contained. There are currently 336 personnel assigned. Cause: unknown.
Personnel and Equipment: 6 Type 2 hand crews, 2 helicopters, 13 engines, 6 bulldozers, 10 water tenders, 1 masticator
Yesterday, firefighters continued to secure lines and mop up where possible. They also secured the Cinnamon Butte Tower and communication site. Today, crews will monitor, patrol and conduct mop up along containment lines on the east side of the fire, and they will pull remaining hose and begin suppression repair on the west side of the fire. Crews will continue to improve potential contingency lines along the 60 roads.
Help for Fire Victims: Information on disaster aid and organizations helping victims of the Archie Creek Fire can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7176/57029/
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. The route to Miller Lake via FS Road 9772 remains closed from the intersection with Hwy. 97 to the intersection with FS Road 110 due to firefighter traffic. Drivers are being directed to take FS Road 9774 to connect with FS Road 110 as an alternative route. 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 – Managed lands east of Interstate 5, within the Swiftwater Resource Area are closed. 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-notices
The Umpqua National Forest is currently at Industrial Fire Precaution Level III. No industrial operating waivers will be issued. The Fire Adjective Class is High. Temporary emergency closure orders remain in effect for all National Forest System lands, roads, and trails within the Cottage Grove Ranger District: ORDER NO. 06-15-01-20-423, Tiller Ranger District ORDER NO. 06-15-02-20-422, Diamond Lake Ranger District ORDER NO. 06-15-03-20-420 and North Umpqua Ranger District ORDER NO. 06-15-06-20-421
Temporary Flight Restriction: There are temporary flight restriction for aircraft, including drones, for the Archie Fire and the Thielsen Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zones. If you fly, we can’t. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/