Archie Creek and Thielsen Fires Update October 5, 2020

Archie Creek Fire
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 971-334-7674
InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7176/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArchieCreekFireInfo/

Thielsen Fire
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 541-625-0687
Facebook: https://bit.ly/ThielsenFire

Special Notes: Yesterday the Southern Area Red Team welcomed the Pacific Northwest Team 12 Type 2 incident management team, who will assume command of the Archie Creek and Thielsen Fires tomorrow. In preparation for the transition, Team 12 will shadow the Red Team today. The incident command post for the Archie Creek Fire will move from the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Roseburg today to the Strader Ranch in Glide. The Red Team has been honored to serve communities affected by the Archie Creek and Thielsen fires and wishes Team 12 a good assignment in continuing that service.

Smoldering logs and stumps in the interior of the fire will continue to put up smoke until winter rains end the fire season. Firefighters are patrolling the fire and will cool hot spots that pose a threat to containment lines. Areas within the fire perimeter are CLOSED to the public. Only residents and fire personnel are allowed in the area. Entering the fire is not only dangerous, but can endanger firefighters and their ability to do their work. Hazards include isolated hot spots, active fire, heavy equipment and falling trees.

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 91 percent contained. There are currently 470 personnel assigned. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Personnel and equipment: 13 Type 2 hand crews, 2 helicopters, 1 fixed wing air attack, 18 engines, 11 bulldozers, 9 water tenders, 2 masticators, 2 skidgines, 12 excavators, 6 chippers and 2 dump trucks.

The Red Team continues to manage the Archie Creek Fire on Umpqua National Forest lands and Oregon and California (O&C) lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, while a Douglas Forest Protective Association Type 3 incident management team, with Incident Commander Paul Ritter, continues to mop up and patrol firelines on private lands. The teams work collaboratively to protect homes, timber and other values. Yesterday firefighters used a helicopter to drop 8,400 gallons of water to cool a hot spot in steep terrain in the Zig Zag Creek area on the northeast flank of the fire.

Today firefighters will monitor this area and if needed will use a helicopter to drop water on it again. Otherwise, “Smoldering will continue,” said fire behavior analyst Greg Titus, as dead trees, stumps and logs continue to burn in the fire’s interior. Creeping fire may occur in areas where trees have dropped their needles or leaves, but no fire perimeter growth is expected. An infrared flight last night indicated heat on the southeastern flank of the fire so firefighters will focus mop up in that area and where there are indirect firelines, containment lines set back from the fire’s edge where burnable vegetation is between the fire and containment line. This includes the Zig Zag Creek and Trapper Creek areas on the northeast flank of the fire and steep areas in the southeast and south flanks. Firefighters are mostly transitioning to patrol. The largest remaining task is removing hazard trees along Wright Creek and the Cool Water area to make these areas safe.

As work is completed, firefighters and equipment are being released from the fire. Today will be the last shift for 8 hand crews. Crews will continue with suppression repair on Umpqua National Forest and Bureau of Land Management- managed lands. Chippers, excavators and dump trucks are repairing damage caused by fighting the fire, not for damage from the fire itself. Examples of suppression repair work in progress are installing water bars on firelines for proper drainage, especially on steep slopes. 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.

Thielsen Fire: The Thielsen Fire is located five miles north of Crater Lake near Diamond Lake Resort. It has burned 9,975 acres and is 71 percent contained. There are currently 185 personnel assigned. Cause: unknown. Personnel and Equipment: 3 Type 2 hand crews, 1 helicopter, 4 engines, 3 bulldozers, 6 water tenders, 3 skidders, 1 masticator, 5 excavators, 1 tub grinder and 5 dump trucks.

The fire continues to smolder in large stumps and deep duff with some isolated single tree torching. Yesterday fire crews conducted mop up and suppression repairs along containment lines. Today, mop up and suppression repairs will continue, and firefighters will continue improving a shaded fuel break 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/ 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 https://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 https://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. 06-15-03-20-426) remain under a fire closure order. Umpqua Hot Springs, fire lookouts, cabins and group picnic sites remain closed. Diamond Lake Resort and Diamond Lake are now open for public recreation, but Diamond Lake Campground is closed for the rest of the year. North Umpqua District closure:
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7176/57090/ and Diamond Lake District closure: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7195/57398/ More information on Forest Service closures is 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 is temporary flight restriction for aircraft, including drones, for the Archie Fire. No temporary flight restriction is in effect for the Thielsen Fire. Wildfires are No Drone Zones. If you fly, we can’t. For more information, visit https://knowbeforeyoufly.org/

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