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ie Creek Archie Creek and Thielsen Fires Update

September 28, 2020

Unified Incident Commanders Mike Dueitt and Tim Keith

Hours: 8 am-8 pm

Archie Creek Fire

Email: 2020.archiecreek@firenet.gov

Phone: 971-334-7674

InciWeb:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7176/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArchieCreekFireInfo/

 

Thielsen Fire

Email: 2020.Thielsen@firenet.gov

Phone: 541-595-8227

InciWeb:https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7195/

Facebook: http://bit.ly/ThielsenFire

 

Special Notes: Umpqua National Forest announced the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) has been reduced to I with a MODERATE fire danger rating. There are no time restrictions under an IFPL I; however, industrial operators must still have fire tools and a water supply at each operation site. A fire-watch is also required at the end of the operation period. More info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7176/57088/

 

 The Umpqua National Forest has also reopened many of their public lands to recreational users. Cottage Grove and Tiller Ranger Districts are open to the public in addition to large portions of North Umpqua and Diamond Lake Districts. Both reserved and first-come, first-served campsites are available in open areas. Due to active fire and fire suppression activities, sections of the North Umpqua and Diamond Lake Districts will remain under a fire closure order. Umpqua Hot Springs, fire lookouts, cabins and group picnic sites will remain closed. See https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7176/57090/ for more information.

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 69 percent contained. There are currently 906 personnel assigned. Cause: under investigation. 

Personnel and Equipment: 21 Type 2 hand crews, 5 helicopters, 1 fixed wing air attack, 65 engines, 17 bulldozers, 21 water tenders, 3 masticators, and 5 skidgeons.

“The fire has not done much the last few days. Today could be a very different day,” said fire behavior analyst Greg Titus. Windier and drier weather and near record high temperatures through Thursday will cause unburned pockets of live and dead vegetation, needle cast and piled logs and stumps on the fire perimeter to burn and produce smoke. With gusty east winds, firefighters are keeping an eye out for increased fire behavior within the interior of the fire and will cool any threats to firelines. No fire growth is expected.

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 other roads 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 385 personnel assigned. Cause: unknown.

Personnel and Equipment: 9 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 and mop up where possible. On the west side, crews continued to secure and mop up containment lines. Today, firefighters will pull remaining hose and begin suppression repair where it is safe and secure. Firefighters will improve 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

Closures:

  • 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 – Lands east of Interstate 5, in the Swiftwater Resource Area are closed. The Bureau of Land Management will make an announcement later today about revised closures.

  • 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/

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Archie Creek Fire Update September 22, 2020

Unified Incident Commanders Mike Dueitt and Tim Keith

Email: 2020.archiecreek@firenet.gov Phone: 971-334-7674 Hours: 8am-8pm InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7176/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArchieCreekFireInfo/

There are NO Community Meetings scheduled at this time. A meeting for this evening for the Glide community was considered but not scheduled due to COVID-19 safety protocol.

Special Note: The Oregon Department of Transportation announced that Highway 138E (North Umpqua Highway) will open at noon today. Motorists should expect delays of up to 45 minutes as single lane traffic will be escorted by pilot cars in some areas. Due to potential road hazards, motorists should stay in their cars and avoid pulling over and stopping. Despite the highway reopening, the Umpqua National Forest and lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, including all recreational areas between Glide and Diamond Lake, remain closed to the public.

Fire Update: The Archie Creek Fire has burned 131,598 acres and is 44 percent contained. There are currently 1,055 personnel assigned to the fire.

Yesterday’s fire behavior was limited to smoldering and creeping, so firefighters continued to make good progress building and strengthening firelines and mopping up. Water drops from a helicopter were used to help firefighters contain a half-acre fire discovered Sunday outside the perimeter of the Archie Fire, about two miles north of its northeast flank in the Pass Creek area off the 22.1 Road. Crews will continue to work on the holdover fire today. A helicopter also dropped fire retardant on the southern part of the fire in the Thunder Mountain area. Helicopters will be available for fire suppression again today, if needed.

Fire behavior is expected to be minimal again today and firefighters will take advantage of that by constructing firelines as close to the fire’s edge as possible, getting ready for gusty southwest winds forecasted for tomorrow in advance of a frontal system expected to drop 0.5 to 0.7 inches of rain on the fire Wednesday evening through Friday.

An infrared flight taken yesterday showed scattered hot spots throughout the fire. Firefighters will focus on cooling hot spots near containment lines and continuing to build, connect and strengthen firelines. Specific areas of concern are on the south, east, and north edges of the fire. In the south, this includes areas around Little River and Thunder Mountain roads to Highway 138. In the east, mop up continues in three areas where the fire burned over containment lines in the Panther Creek (4714) Road area west of Highway 138. In the north, firefighters will go directly to the fire’s edge in the Zag Creek area to cut off several fingers of fire.

Fire hose has been placed all around the fire helps cool areas near containment lines. Hand crews continue to arrive to help increase containment. Mop up is occurring all around the fire, especially around structures in Glide, Idleyld Park and Rock Creek. Firefighters are protecting homes and other buildings in all areas of the fire, including along Little River Road and will work into the evening to ensure structures are safe. They are also assessing structure protection for the Bar L subdivision. Other areas of special protection include the Wolf Creek Job Corps, Susan Creek Bridge, communications equipment on Scott Mountain and the Big Tree area. The Big Tree is still standing and the area around it was not affected by the fire. Firefighters will install a sprinkler system in the Big Tree area to protect it and will continue to remove live and dead vegetation around the Job Corps to reduce fire risk.

The fire has backed down to the North Umpqua River on the east flank and firefighters are monitoring it there. Fire scars are helping check fire progression in the southeastern edge of the fire and firefighters are using old timber sale roads (600 series) to contain the fire in that area.

North of Highway 138E, in the Steamboat area, firefighters and heavy equipment continue to work along Canton Creek Road to Trapper Creek to improve contingency firelines in case the fire crosses primary firelines.

As containment increases in some areas, firefighters will backhaul equipment, grade roads and begin to assess 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.

Personnel and Equipment: 23 Type 2 hand crews, 3 helicopters, 76 engines, 43 bulldozers, 50 water tenders, 9 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.

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 for more information.

Air quality: See the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality at http://www.oregon.gov/deq

Closures:

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Public Notice- 9-21-20

SLCFR Board Meeting Actions

The SLCFR Board held a regular business meeting on 9-17-20. The meeting was intended to be live streamed on the internet and in addition a call in line was available. The attempt to live stream was hampered by technical difficulties so the Board delayed the start of the meeting while an email was sent to those who requested notification to call in on the provided number due to the technical difficulties. The District had its IT provider onsite but they were unable to resolve the technical issue with the live stream. Due to this unforeseen technical issue the Board has directed the Draft-Unapprovedminutes of the meeting be made available on the Districts web page and to those interested parties requesting them as soon as they are transcribed. Below is a summary of the Boards actions.

Board Actions
  1. Approve Resolution 20-13 authorizing payment to Knife River Corporation-Northwest in the amount of $134,011.45 for the training yard paving project at Station 201.
  2. The Board will update its Public Notification Policy to reflect the current requirements of ORS 192.640.
  3. The Board elected Cheryl Shannon as Board Chair, Dan Duffy as Vice Chair, Tom Monroe as Secretary Treasurer. The policy will no longer designate print media as the sole source of advertising.
  4. The Board accepted the Resignation of Jennifer Radcliffe.
  5. The Board tabled discussion on the vacant Board position pending a report from the Chief on filling the vacancy due to the length of the term. The Chief will contact the County elections department and report back to the Board.
Chiefs Report
  1. Personnel assigned to the Holiday Farm Fire have returned except for Division Chief Raade who remains assigned with the OSFM Incident Management Team. The District had six personnel and four vehicles assigned to the fire.
  2. The new ambulance will not be delivered until December now. It was originally slated for delivery the month.
  3. The District should be receiving the new brush truck chassis soon and will then begin the process of selecting a vendor for assembly.

I am back from extended medical leave and would like to thank the Board and staff for all their thoughts and messages of support. I will slowly begin resuming normal hours over the next few weeks.

The District would like to again apologize for the technical difficulties and hopes to have them resolved soon. If you would like a copy of the Draft-Unapprovedminutes, please email info@southlanefire.org or contact our main office at 541-942-4493.

Stay Safe, Chief Wooten

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Fire danger has been reduced from Extreme to High. This applies within the city limits of Cottage Grove and Creswell. For more information on fire danger outside of city limits please refer to information from the Oregon Department of Forestry by visiting the link HERE

  • Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads, in boats on the water, and other designated locations.
  • Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at locations where fire pits are present. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed. Briquette use is allowed in barbeques, but is restricted to use on hard, non-flammable surfaces such as patios, driveways, gravel, or green irrigated lawns.
  • Power saw use is permitted all day during low fire danger (GREEN) before 1:00 p.m. and after 8 p.m. during moderate fire danger (BLUE) and before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m. during high fire danger (YELLOW) The use of power saws is prohibited during extreme fire danger (RED) Each power saw is required to have one shovel and one fire extinguisher of at least 8 ounce capacity. A Firewatch of at least one hour is required following the use of each saw.
  • Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is permitted all day during low fire danger (GREEN) before 1:00 p.m. and after 8 p.m. during moderate fire danger (BLUE) before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m. during high fire danger (YELLOW) as long as it is conducted in a cleared area and has a charged garden hose or one 2 1/2 pound or larger fire extinguisher immediately available. This activity is prohibited during extreme fire danger (RED)
  • The mowing of dried, cured grass is permitted all day during low fire danger (GREEN) before 1:00 p.m. and after 8 p.m. during moderate fire danger (BLUE) before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m. during high fire danger (YELLOW)  and is prohibited during extreme fire danger (RED) The culture and harvest of agricultural crops is exempt from this requirement.
  • Motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, are only allowed on improved roads free of flammable vegetation, except for the culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
  • Use of illegal fireworks is prohibited at all times, and in any location within the District. Legal firework use is permitted in areas free of dried, cured grasses, brush, or trees unless prohibited in areas jointly protected by SLCFR and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). Generally, and where permitted, firework use is only permitted on asphalt, concrete, or gravel and a charged garden hose or one 2 1/2 pound or larger fire extinguisher is immediately available.

Fire Danger Adjective Class is as follows:

Low= Green: Activity permitted all day

Moderate= Blue: Activity permitted until 1:00 p.m. and after 8:00 p.m.

High= Yellow: Activity permitted until 10:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m.

Red= Extreme: Activity prohibited

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Archie Creek Fire

Northwest Incident Management Team 9 (Incident Commander Brian Goff)

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Email: 2020.archiecreek@firenet.gov Phone: 971-334-7674 Hours: 7am-8pm

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7176/

Fire Update: Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020

Firefighters continue to work in the Little River area with heavy machinery, engines and crews, to construct and hold containment lines. Structure protection resources remain in place along Little River Road. On the far eastern portion of the fire, crews are allowing the fire to slowly back down the hillside to Panther Creek where crews have prepared roads to hold the fire. Heading north from Highway 138E, firefighters are scouting and constructing both primary and secondary containment lines from the Canton Creek area into the Upper Rock Creek area. Containment lines from South Calapooya Creek down to Glide continue to hold.

Suppression efforts on the Archie Creek Fire were boosted yesterday by an additional 125 personnel from the Oregon National Guard. These soldiers are working to hold containment lines around the perimeter of the fire and mop-up hot spots near structures. Total personnel assigned to the incident is now 773 people.

Air resources were grounded again yesterday due to safety concerns because of the thick smoke. Four helicopters and two Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs) remain available in the area for use when the smoke clears.

Winds today are likely to push the smoke from west to east, providing some relief to residents and firefighters. When smoke lifts, temperatures will rise and humidity will decrease leading to increased fire activity.

Highway 138E remains closed to non-fire traffic from Milepost 21 through Milepost 83. Crews from the Oregon Department of Transportation, Douglas County Public Works Department, Pacific Power and their contractors continue to work along Highway 138E, Rock Creek Road and other county-maintained roads within the footprint of the Archie Creek Fire.

The Archie Creek Fire has burned 125,498 acres and is 20% contained. The breakdown of acres by ownership include:

• 62,623 acres of private lands

• 38,536 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands

• 24,300 acres of US Forest Service (USFS) lands

• 39 acres of State of Oregon lands

Archie Creek Fire Donations: At this time, the Archie Creek Fire management team does not need donations. To help firefighters and their families, contact the Wildland Firefighters Foundation at www.wwf.org or 208-336-2996.

Salvaging wood from the fire area. Photo by Kyle Reed, DFPA.

To support the community, the following agencies and organizations are looking for donations and volunteers to help those who were affected by this fire.

  • Glide Helping Hands: Distribution center for food and clothing. Call 541-733-6860 to leave a message and let them know how you would like to help.

  • Greater Douglas United Way: Accepting monetary donations. https://gduway.org/campaigns/fire-relief-fund/

  • Roseburg Rotary: Accepting monetary donations to purchase items for firefighters and evacuees. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=3D2BEGT2AJBRS&source=url.

  • Douglas Timber Operators / Umpqua Fisheries Enhancement Derby: Provide direct relief to the communities and individuals affected by the Archie Creek Fire, including financial assistance, food, supplies, etc. https://donorbox.org/2020-archie-creek-fire-relief-fund

  • Saving Grace: To make a monetary donation please visit www.savinggrace.info and click donate. To volunteer, show up around 9 am Mon-Sat. For more info, call 672-3907.

  • Red Cross: Located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Check for current needs.

  • DHS: Check for current needs. Food items will not be accepted. Donations can be dropped off this week at Roseburg DHS building 738 W Harvard, Roseburg OR M-F, 9am-4pm through 9/18/20

Evacuations, shelter areas: The Douglas County Sheriff announced that Idleyld residents will be allowed to visit homes Thursday, Sept. 17 from noon until 7:00 pm. Fire managers and the Sheriff’s Office urge residents returning to their homes to drive cautiously and watch for falling hazards such as trees and debris.

An interactive evacuation map from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office can be found online at www.dcso.com/evacuations.

For further information:

Inciweb https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7176/

Douglas County Sheriff website www.dcso.com/evacuations and Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DouglasCoSO

Air quality: The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality at http://www.oregon.gov/deq

Road closures: Monitor www.tripcheck.com for updates on the highway closures.

Bureau of Land Management (BLM): all lands east of Interstate 5, within 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 the 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.

 

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