Storms could bring needed rain and new hazards to Archie Creek firefighters

Officials said fire activity picked up Wednesday in the east and south east part of the fire.

Posted: Sep 17, 2020 5:10 PM

GLIDE, Ore. -- Change is in the air as firefighters continue to attack the Archie Creek Fire.

A weather system from the coast is moving in, bringing higher humidity.

Officials reported the Archie Creek fire is still burning over just over 128,000 acres and is 20% contained.

Kyle Reed with the Douglas Forest Protection Association said fire activity picked up Wednesday in the east and south east part of the fire. However, he said all other areas are looking good with strong containment lines in place.

With rain and possible thunderstorms expected tonight, Reed said they’re hopeful the moisture will help clear some of the smoke.

They’re also concerned the storms may cause problems for the firefighters.

“Depending on how much moisture we get, especially when we get those heavy downpours over the highly burned areas of the Archie Creek Fire, it could pose some challenges with debris flows and stuff rolling down the hillside,” said Reed.

Right now, there are more than 1,000 crew members battling this fire.

Reed said they expect to see more containment as more resources become available.

The Southern Area Red Team is expected to take over management of the fire on Friday.

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