Archie Creek and Thielsen Fire Update October 8, 2020
Incident Commander Bob Shindelar
Archie Creek Fire
The Archie Creek Fire is east of Roseburg in the North Umpqua corridor on state, private, and federal land. The Thielsen Fire is located five miles north of Crater Lake near Diamond Lake on federal lands. A weather pattern change will begin today with cooler temperatures and higher humidities. Rain is possible Friday evening, with more widespread rainfall expected Saturday.
All Level 1 Evacuations for the Archie Creek and Thielsen Fires have been lifted today, including those along Rock Creek Rd, CR 138, and Diamond Lake.
Archie Creek – Firefighters conducted mop-up, patrol and suppression repair. Crews also conducted hazard tree mitigation, particularly in the southeast area of the fire. The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team is assessing post-wildfire environmental conditions, such as severe loss of vegetation and soil erosion, which may result in poor water quality and flash flooding.
Thielsen – The fire continued to smolder in large stumps and deep duff with some isolated single tree torching. Fire crews conducted mop up and suppression repair along containment lines.
Archie Creek – Firefighters will continue to mop-up, patrol and conduct suppression repair work. Hazard tree mitigation will continue in the southeast area of the fire. Expect to see smoke coming from the fire area, particularly in the southeast. The BAER team will continue assessing post-wildfire environmental conditions. Emergency actions may be identified to mitigate unacceptable degradation of natural and cultural resources or to minimize threats to life or property resulting from effects of the fire. Roseburg Forest Products Company will be blasting on Roseburg Resources Company property to the west of Rock Creek.
Thielsen – Mop up and suppression repair will continue along containment lines, and firefighters will continue improving a shaded fuel break along Forest Road 60. Forest Road 005, near North Diamond, will remain closed today while crews cut hazard trees.
Pacific Power and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) have been working tirelessly to repair facilities damaged by the fire. If you have questions, please contact Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070 or ODOT at 541-957-3683.
Safety Message & Help for Fire Victims:
Please stay out of fire closure areas for your safety and that of the firefighters. Be aware that heavy equipment traffic may be encountered around the fire area. Smoke may be present over the next few days. Be cautious driving in low visibility, and visit the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality at http://www.oregon.gov/deq for Air Quality information.
Statistics and Resources:
SIZE: 131,542 acres
SIZE: 9,975 acres
CAUSE: unknown for both fires
ARCHIE CREEK RESOURCES:
Hand Crews 4
Water Tenders 4
Hand Crews 1
Water Tenders 6