Archie Creek and Thielsen Fires Update September 29, 2020
Unified Incident Commanders Mike Dueitt and Tim Keith
Hours: 8 am-8 pm
Archie Creek Fire
Phone: 541-625-0687 NEW
Special Notes: The Bureau of Land Management Roseburg District has modified the closure order of public lands east of I-5, within the Swiftwater Resource Area. Access to public lands west of Glide, including the North Bank Habitat Management Area, is now permitted. A map of the closure perimeter and more information can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7176/57115/.
Dry and warm weather with near record high temperatures will persist through Thursday and cause unburned pockets of live and dead vegetation, needle cast and piled logs and stumps throughout both fires to burn and produce smoke. Firefighters are keeping an eye out for increased fire behavior from the ground and from the air and will cool any threats to firelines. No fire growth is expected.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office announced the following evacuation level reductions: The LEVEL 1 "BE READY" notice 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 lifted. This area is no longer under a formal evacuation notice. Diamond Lake, including the Diamond Lake Resort, all recreation areas and all residential and summer homes has been reduced to a LEVEL 1 "BE READY" notice.
Warm and dry conditions in Umpqua Valley have prompted the Douglas Forest Protective Association to increase the Fire Danger to Moderate. The Industrial Fire Precaution Level remains at IFPL I, district wide.
Oregon State University Extension Service Fire Program is hosting a post-fire webinar this Thursday, October 1st from 3-5 pm for residents affected by wildfires, including information on technical/financial assistance. Registration: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3J8OS8dWTDGOXC5YHy1TtQ
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 72 percent contained. There are currently 863 personnel assigned. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Personnel and Equipment: 20 Type 2 hand crews, 5 helicopters, 1 fixed wing air attack, 56 engines, 20 bulldozers, 20 water tenders, 4 masticators, and 5 skidgines.
Today firefighters will continue to patrol, mop up, make sure firelines are cold, backhaul fire hose and other equipment and assess and continue suppression repair. Hand crews will construct remaining firelines directly at the fire’s edge, where necessary and accessible. Firefighters continue to protect homes and other buildings throughout 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 in the Wright Creek area to make them safe for travel.
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 that has begun are installing water bars on firelines (especially on steep slopes) for proper drainage. On Umpqua National Forest and Bureau of Land Management-managed lands, crews are chipping brush along drainage ditches and hauling out trees felled to construct firelines. Suppression repair work is done in concert with agency resource advisors to meet resource protection standards. Fire suppression repair is for damage caused fighting the fire, not for damage from the fire itself.
Thielsen Fire: The Thielsen 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 302 personnel assigned. Cause: unknown.
Personnel and Equipment: 6 Type 2 hand crews, 2 helicopters, 13 engines, 6 bulldozers, 9 water tenders and 1 masticator.
Yesterday on the east side of the fire, crews continued to construct handlines near the Wilderness boundary and mop up where possible. On the west side, firefighters continued to secure and mop up containment lines. Today, crews will continue mop up and work with resource advisors to start suppression repairs. Firefighters will also continue improving potential containment contingency lines along Forest Service Road 60.
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 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 – All BLM-managed lands in the Swiftwater Resource Area east of the Willamette Meridan, Range 3 and 4 boundary line, and north of Little River Road are closed. This includes Rock Creek Road from the end of Douglas County road maintenance to the boundary of the Roseburg and Northwest Oregon BLM District line, and all BLM recreation sites in the closure boundary, including Rock Creek, Lone Pine, Millpond, Scaredman and Susan Creek campgrounds, and all BLM day use areas within the closure area. Cavitt Creek Falls Campground is closed for the season. For more information, see https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7176/57115/
Umpqua National Forest – sections of the North Umpqua (North Umpqua Ranger District ORDER NO. 06-15-01-20-425) and Diamond Lake Districts (Diamond Lake Ranger District ORDER NO. 06-15-01-20-424) remain under a fire closure order. Umpqua Hot Springs, fire lookouts, cabins and group picnic sites remain closed. See https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7176/57090/ More 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 I. The fire danger is Moderate.
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/