Douglas County to begin phase two cleanup of Archie Creek Fire

In phase two, homeowners can begin rebuilding, but county officials are wary of landslides in the coming months.

Posted: Dec 17, 2020 6:26 PM
Updated: May 3, 2021 11:33 AM

GLIDE, Ore. -- Cleanup for the Archie Creek Fire is still underway and county officials said they are making good progress.

In September, the Archie Creek Fire burned 131,542 acres along Highway 138, just outside of Glide. A total of 109 homes were lost.

County officials said they’ve finished phase one of cleanup, which started two months ago when the fire was fully contained. State, federal and county cleanup crews were focused on getting rid of hazardous materials during this phase.

“We’re moving along as quickly as we possibly can,” said Douglas County recovery coordinator Dan Carr. “In a safe, well thought out, organized manner.”

Carr said they will be moving into phase two in a few weeks. That phase will focus on removing ash and debris within the fire lines.
However, he said it will take months to complete.

“The ash and debris recover will take quite a bit longer simply because there quite a bit more debris that needs to be removed as well as we’re now starting to fight the weather,” said Carr.

He said they’re also concerned about the weather causing landslides.

“It’s one of those really unknows that you have to deal with as you go along because it’s hard to predict where one of those will happen,” said Carr.

However, he said there's good news for fire victims as they are now allowed to begin the building process in phase two.

Alison Doty, executive director of Glide Revitalization, told KEZI 9 News that she’s worked with the fire victims since the beginning. She said they’re excited to begin the rebuild process as soon as possible.

“I think they’re wondering why it still hasn’t happened yet,” she said. “You know, they just want their lives to get back some sort of normalcy.”

Carr said they’re still issuing “Right of Entry” permits to property owners who still need the help cleaning up.

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