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GLIDE, Ore. -- Here is the latest on the Archie Creek Fire.
A weather system from the coast is moving in, bringing higher humidity.
People seeking shelter should contact the fairground office at 541-440-4394. For information on shelter for horses and large animals, contact the Douglas County Parks Department at 541-440-6040. For pets, contact Saving Grace at 541-672-3907.
The American Red Cross is working with the Salvation Army. An emergency shelter has been set up at Douglas Hall at the fairgrounds. For information, contact the former at 541-344-5244 and the latter at 541-672-6581.
HOW TO HELP
Greater Douglas United Way has opened a wildfire relief fund. All of the money raised will stay local and go to provide support for evacuees. Donations can be made at gduway.org or by sending checks to 702 SE Jackson St., Roseburg, OR 97470.
In less than a day, the group had already raised nearly $50,000.
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.
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.
Thre are now 1,029 people on the fire, and the National Guard is helping with mop up. Air resources are available for when the smoke clears.
Firefighters will continue to construct direct and indirect line and work to hold and mop up completed lines. Crews are also working to mop up around structures.
Crews are also out clearing Highway 138E, Rock Creek Road and other county roads. The highway remains closed to all non-fire traffic between mileposts 21 and 83.
A total of 109 homes have been lost.
The following areas are under evacuation orders:
- Hinkle Creek to the end of Nonpareil Road
- Little River Road between New Bridge Road and the end of Little River Road; including all side roads between these two points.
- Bar L Ranch Road
- Terrace and Upper Terrace Drive
- Banks Creek Road to Hinkle Creek Road
- Nonpareil Road from Plat K to Banks Creek Road and all side roads
Deputies and troopers are patrolling residential areas to deter criminal activities during the evacuation period. Residents are asked to report any suspicious activity.
The countywide Level 1 order has been lifted.