Archie Creek and Thielsen Fires Update October 6, 2020

Incident Commander Bob Shindelar
Hours: 8 am-8 pm

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
InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7195/
Facebook: https://bit.ly/ThielsenFire

Special Notes: Today, Northwest Incident Management Team 12 (NW12) assumed command of the combined Archie Creek and Thielsen Fires. The Incident Command Post is now located at the Strader Ranch in Glide.
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 94 percent contained. There are currently 422 personnel assigned. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Personnel and equipment include 13 hand crews, 2 helicopters, 13 engines, 6 bulldozers, 6 water tenders, 1 masticator and 2 skidgines.

Northwest Team 12 will manage the Archie Creek Fire on lands managed by the Umpqua National Forest and Oregon and California (O&C) lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. A Douglas Forest
Protective Association Type 3 Incident Management Team, with Incident Commander Paul Ritter, continue to mop up and patrol private lands. The teams will work collaboratively to protect homes, timber and other
values. Smoldering logs and stumps in the interior of the fire will continue to put up smoke, but no fire perimeter growth is expected.

Firefighters will continue to mop-up and patrol, as well as conduct suppression repair work. Suppression repair work is done in collaboration with agency resource advisors to meet resource protection objectives. The largest remaining task is removing hazard trees along Wright Creek and the Cool Water area. Pacific Power and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) have been working tirelessly to repair facilities damaged by the fire. If you have any questions, please contact Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070 or ODOT at 541-957-3683.

Thielsen Fire: The Thielsen Fire is located five miles north of Crater Lake near Diamond Lake Resort. It has burned 9,975 acres and 71 percent of objectives have been met. There are currently 171 personnel assigned. The cause of the fire is unknown. Personnel and equipment include 3 hand crews, 1 helicopter, 3 engines, 3 bulldozers and 6 water tenders.

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 repair along containment lines. Today, mop up and suppression repair will continue, 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.

NW12 is honored to serve the communities affected by the Archie Creek and Thielsen fires and is dedicated to providing assistance to our partners and the people in these communities.

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 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 Range 3 and 4 boundary line and north of Little River Road are closed. This includes portions of Rock Creek Road and all BLM recreation and day use sites within the closure boundary, including Rock Creek, Lone Pine, Millpond, Scaredman and Susan Creek campgrounds. 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 and Diamond Lake Districts 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.

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