Archie Creek and Thielsen Fires Update October 1, 2020
Unified Incident Commanders Mike Dueitt and Tim Keith
Hours: 8 am-8 pm
Archie Creek Fire
Special Notes: As hunters gear up for the opening of deer season on Saturday, all forest users should be cautious as fire season continues. It is important to know what fire restrictions are in place before heading to the woods. Fire restrictions may vary between different agencies and districts. Locally, on the Douglas District of the Douglas Forest Protective Association, Public Use Restrictions remain in effect on all private, county, state, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Indian Affairs lands that are protected by DFPA with a fire danger rating of Moderate. For more information, see www.dfpa.net or call DFPA’s 24 hour information line at 541-672-0379. The fire danger rating on Umpqua National Forest is also Moderate. For additional information on Umpqua National Forest fire restrictions, please call 541-957-3200 or visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua/.
Oregon State University Extension Service Fire Program is hosting a post-fire webinar today from 3-5 pm for residents affected by wildfires, including information on technical/financial assistance. Registration: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3J8OS8dWTDGOXC5YHy1TtQ
Warm and dry weather will 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. Smoke from California fires may be visible at upper air levels.
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 76 percent contained. There are currently 789 personnel assigned. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Personnel and Equipment: 18 Type 2 hand crews, 4 helicopters, 1 fixed wing air attack, 53 engines, 23 bulldozers, 15 water tenders, 3 masticators, 5 skidgines, 16 excavators, 5 chippers and 4 dump trucks.
Upper level smoke from California fires shaded the fire, keeping temperatures lower than expected, so firefighters made good progress mopping up. Last night an infrared flight showed many isolated points of heat scattered throughout the fire and yesterday firefighters observed small flareups on the east flank of the fire where needles fallen from burnt trees ignited in those isolated heat sources. These were in the fire interior and posed no threat to firelines. Upper level smoke is expected to persist today, and firefighters will continue to patrol, mop up, make sure firelines are cold, backhaul fire hose and other equipment and assess and continue suppression repair. Firefighters will patrol and mop up along buildings throughout the fire, including along Little River Road, Glide, Idleyld Park, Rock Creek and the Scott Mountain Area to Susan Creek. They will continue removing hazard trees along Rock Creek Road, Wright Creek and Cool Water area to make these areas safe. Yesterday, crews removed a boulder the size of a bus from an interior road on the east side of the fire to allow access. With burned tree roots, burned soil and rain last week, the boulder rolled into the road.
Chippers, excavators and dump trucks continue to do suppression repair. Suppression repair ensures actions taken to fight the fire do not have long-term impacts on natural resources. Examples of suppression repair work in progress include 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 9,974 acres and is 69 percent contained. There are currently 208 personnel assigned. Cause: unknown.
Personnel and Equipment: 4 Type-2 hand crews, 1 helicopter, 5 engines, 2 bulldozers and 6 water tenders.
Multiple days of dry weather has allowed further smoldering in deep duff and dead vegetation, but minimal winds will help keep fire activity down today. Yesterday fire crews conducted mop up and suppression repairs along containment lines and finished removing all hoses and appliances. Cinnamon Butte Road was also graded to improve road conditions. Today, mop up and suppression repairs will continue, and firefighters will continue improving 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
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/