'We hit the jackpot': Rain helps crews fighting Archie Creek Fire

Despite winds with gusts of up to 48 mph on Wednesday, firefighting efforts continue to make progress.

Posted: Sep 24, 2020 5:26 PM
Updated: Sep 24, 2020 5:29 PM

GLIDE, Ore. -- Despite winds with gusts of up to 48 mph on Wednesday, firefighting efforts continue to make progress on containing the Archie Creek Fire near Glide.

"We hit the jackpot on the fire in terms of rain," said incident meteorologist Brett Lutz.

Fire officials said the following agencies and organizations are looking for donations and volunteers:

  • Glide Revitalization Committee: CLICK HERE.
  • Glide Helping Hands: Call 541-733-6860.
  • Glide Baptist Church: CLICK HERE.
  • Greater Douglas United Way: CLICK HERE.
  • Roseburg Rotary: CLICK HERE.
  • Douglas Timber Operators / Umpqua Fisheries Enhancement Derby: CLICK HERE.
  • Saving Grace: Call 541-672-3907 or CLICK HERE.
  • Red Cross: Located at Glide Middle School. Check for current needs.
  • Salvation Army: 541-672-6581.
PHOTO BY JACOB WELSH

Fire officials said Roseburg saw 0.2 inches of rain, but weather stations around the fire area reported up to 1.3 inches. 

The moisture helps crews working to fight the fire. 

Officials reported Thursday the Archie Creek Fire has burned 131,598 acres and is 55 percent contained. There are currently 1,082 personnel assigned to the fire.

On Wednesday, helicopters dropped water on the southern flank of the fire near a 2017 burn scar to keep the fire from spreading. 

Minimal fire activity was expected on Thursday. Line construction is continuing in rugged terrain at the southeast flank, but officials said for the most part firefighters are mopping up all around the fire. Fire hose has been placed around the perimeter of hte fire to help cool hot spots during this process. 

Stumps and other material inside the fire will continue to produce smoke. 

Firefighters are protecting homes and other buildings affected by the fire.

Crews are continuing to remove hazards and burnable vegetation along contingency fire lines in the Steamboat area.

On Tuesday, the fire flared up in the northeastern flank of the fire in the Trapper Creek area and water drops were used to cool it down. In other areas, firefighters have continued to make good progress building and strengthening fire lines and mopping up.

The south, east and north edges of the fire remain of concern.

An infrared flight on Tuesday showed many hot spots scattered throughout the fire. Fire hose has been placed to help keep areas near containment lines cool. 

On Sunday a low inversion over the fire helped kept fire behavior to smoldering, creeping and backing. Firefighters continued to make good progress building and strengthening fire lines and mopping up. 

Firefighters flying over the fire discovered a new start outside the perimeter of the Archie Fire, about two miles north of its northeast flank in the Pass Creek area. They believe the fire probably was caused from a lightning strike from a recent thunderstorm and flared up when conditions became warmer and drier. 

The following areas are under evacuation orders:

  • LEVEL 2: Little River Road at New Bridge Road to the end of Little River Road, including all side streets between these two points.
  • LEVEL 2: Highway 138E at the Narrows Wayside (Idleyld Trading Post) east to Steamboat Creek, including all side streets between these two points.
  • LEVEL 2: Diamond Lake, including the Resort, all recreation sites, residential and summer home.
  • LEVEL 1: Nonpareil Road at Banks Creek east to the end of Nonpareil, including all side streets between these two points.
  • LEVEL 1: Dry Creek, including Happy Creek Lane, Felix Flat, Elk Ridge Drive and Illahee Road.
  • LEVEL 1: Little River Road from Buckhorn Road to New Bridge Road, including all side roads between these two points (Cavitt Creek Road).

For a map of current evacuation zones, click here.

For more information on air quality, click here.

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