Firefighters get boost from National Guard on Archie Creek Fire

Fire officials said 125 personnel from the Oregon National Guard arrived to help with the Archie Creek Fire on Tuesday to hold containment lines and mop up hot spots near structures.

Posted: Sep 16, 2020 1:18 PM

GLIDE, Ore. -- Firefighting efforts have gotten a big boost in Douglas County.

Fire officials said 125 personnel from the Oregon National Guard arrived to help with the Archie Creek Fire on Tuesday to hold containment lines and mop up hot spots near structures.

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

  • Glide Helping Hands: Distribution center for food and clothing. Call 541-733-6860 to leave a message letting them know how you would like to help.
  • Greater Douglas United Way: Accepting monetary donations. CLICK HERE.
  • Roseburg Rotary: Accepting monetary donations to purchase items for firefighters and evacuees. CLICK HERE.
  • Douglas Timber Operators / Umpqua Fisheries Enhancement Derby: Provide direct relief to the communities and individuals affected by the Archie Creek Fire, including financial assistance, food, supplies, etc. CLICK HERE.
  • Saving Grace: To volunteer, show up at about 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 541-672-3907. To make a monetary donation, please visit the website. CLICK HERE.
  • Red Cross: Located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Check for current needs.
  • DHS: Check for current needs. Food items will not be accepted. Donations can be dropped off this week at Roseburg DHS building, 738 W. Harvard Ave., Roseburg, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day through Sept. 18.

At this time, 773 people are on the fire. 

The fire has burned 125,498 acres:

  • 62,623 acres of private lands
  • 38,536 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands
  • 24,300 acres of US Forest Service (USFS) lands
  • 39 acres of State of Oregon lands

Containment remains at 20%

Winds on Wednesday are likely to push the smoke from west to east, which will provide some relief. When the smoke lifts, fire officials said temperatures will rise and humidity will decrease which could cause increased fire activity.

Air resources are still grounded until the smoke clears.

In the Little River area, firefighters are continuing to use heavy machinery to construct and hold containment lines, and structure protection resources remain in the area. 

On the far eastern portion of the fire, crews are letting the fire burn back down the hillside to Panther Creek where roads have been prepared to hold the fire. 

Highway 138E remains closed to non-fire traffic between mileposts 21 and 83. Crews continue to work to clear the highway and other county-maintained roads. 

North of the highway, crews are working to construct lines from the Canton Creek area to the Upper Rock Creek area. Containment lines from South Calapooya Creek down to Glide continue to hold.

Residents of Idleyld will be allowed to visit their homes on Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. Fire managers and the sheriff's office urges residents returning to drive cautiously and watch for falling hazards such as trees and debris.

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