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Community steps up to help evacuees of Archie Creek Fire

As the Archie Creek Fire continues to burn and evacuees try to figure out their next move, the community is stepping in to help.

Posted: Sep 11, 2020 6:18 PM
Updated: May 3, 2021 12:48 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- As the Archie Creek Fire continues to burn and evacuees try to figure out their next move, the community is stepping in to help.

Right now, fire crews are focusing on the western and southwestern portions of the Archie Creek Fire.

So far, it has grown to 116,000 acres and is 0% contained.

The American Red Cross has set up a temporary shelter at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Evacuees can get food, clothing and toiletries at this site.

Volunteers said they are putting some evacuees up in hotel rooms for those who do not have shelter at this time.

However, they said the hotel space is limited. Once they run out of rooms, they will begin setting up cots inside the fairgrounds for people to sleep on.

Volunteer Bonnie Durick told KEZI 9 News that they’re overwhelmed with all the support they’ve received from the community.

“People have come have come to volunteer,” said Durick. “There are ladies in here who are off the street and said I just want to help.”

Durick said they are still accepting donations at the fairgrounds.

Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center is also helping evacuees, specifically those with four legs. The shelter is taking in small animals from owners who were displaced by the fire.

Executive director Megan Gram said the owner can leave their pet with them as long as they need, free of charge, until they figure out how they will be moving forward.

“We’re, you know, consoling owners who have lost their homes, also dealing with pets who are stressed, who have been through traumatic events,” said Gram.

She also said they are in desperate need of fosters, volunteers and donations as they prepare to take in more animals. The more resources they have, the more love and care they can provide the animals.

Ten Down Bowling Alley on Diamond Lake Boulevard is taking donations and handing out supplies to evacuees from the Archie Creek Fire. They’re taking food, water, clothing, toiletries, pet supplies and gift cards from those who can donate.

Lead volunteer Alissa Morris said she wanted to do everything she could to help those who need it.

“I don’t know exactly what I’m doing and we’re kinda just going with it, but whatever someone needs, we’re here to help,” said Morris.

Morris said they’ll be set up in the bowling alley parking lot every day until the fires are out or the supplies are gone.

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