Archie Creek & Thielsen
NORTHWEST INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM 12
Incident Commander: Bob Shindelar
October 16, 2020
The Archie Creek Fire is east of Roseburg in the North Umpqua corridor on state,
private, and federal land. The Thielsen Fire is located five miles north of Crater
Lake near Diamond Lake on National Forest lands. Winds will be out of the north-
northwest at 8-12 mph in the valleys, with north winds 10-15 mph on the ridges.
Temperatures today will mostly be in the mid 60s, with a high of 70 degrees in
the valleys. NW IMT Twelve’s assignment on the fire will end at the end of the
weekend and management of the fires will return to the local unit Sunday night.
Archie Creek – Firefighters patrolled and monitored around the fire. Suppression
repair work continued to minimize erosion and protect resources. Fire crews
retrieved remaining equipment from the fire lines and continued removal of
hazard trees along roads. The BAER team continued their post-wildfire
assessments to determine appropriate mitigation actions on National Forest
Thielsen – Fire crews continued patrol and suppression repair work along
containment lines. In the North Diamond Division, firefighters improved ingress
and egress to Highway 138 and removed hazard trees along FS 005 road.
Firefighters removed debris and chipped vegetation.
Archie Creek – Fire resources are beginning to demobilize off the fire in
anticipation of the local unit taking command of the fire Sunday night. Firefighters
will patrol and monitor around the fire today. Fire crews will continue suppression
repair work on the containment lines to restore natural drainage on the landscape.
Resource Advisors from the Forest Service are working closely with firefighters
during implementation of suppression repairs to minimize erosion and protect
resources. Fire crews are retrieving any remaining equipment left along the fire
lines. Firefighters are continuing their work removing hazard trees and snags
along transportation corridors. The BAER team continues to assess post-wildfire
environmental conditions and determine appropriate actions to mitigate the
effects of fire suppression on National Forest lands.
Thielsen – Fire crews will be patrolling and focusing on suppression repair work
along containment lines. In the North Diamond Division, work on improving
ingress and egress to Highway 138 will continue. Firefighters will identify and
remove hazard trees along FS 005 road. Firefighters will continue debris removal
Safety Message & Help for Fire Victims:
Archie Creek: 131,542 acres
Thielsen: 9,975 acres
CAUSE: under investigation
for both fires
MILES OF FIRELINE REPAIRED:
97.6 (across both fires)
MILES OF REPAIRED ROADS:
51.7 (across both fires)
Archie Creek Thielsen
Hand Crews 2 0
Engines 2 1
Dozers 1 1
Water Tenders 0 2
Please stay out of fire closure areas for your safety and that of the firefighters. Sawyers are felling hazard trees along roadway
corridors, and there is increased traffic as firefighters reposition heavy equipment on narrow roads. Visit the Oregon
Department of Environmental Quality at http://www.oregon.gov/deq for Air Quality information. Be cautious driving in low
visibility conditions. Disaster aid, and organizations helping victims of the Archie Creek Fire, can be found at
Closures, Restrictions & Evacuations:
• Due to cooler temperatures and rain this week, Public Use Restrictions have been removed on Umpqua
National Forest and Roseburg District BLM lands. Fire season remains in effect, however campfires in undeveloped
sites and outside of approved fire rings will be allowed on Roseburg BLM and National Forest lands. Members of the
public are reminded to never leave a campfire burning unattended and to make sure the campfire is completely
extinguished before leaving the area.
• Roads – Highway 138E is open, but delays should be expected. The route to Miller Lake via FS Road 9772 remains
closed from the intersection with Hwy. 97 to the intersection with FS Road 110 due to firefighter traffic. Drivers are
being directed to take FS Road 9774 to connect with FS Road 110 as an alternate route. See www.tripcheck.com for
updates on highway closures.
• Bureau of Land Management – All BLM-managed lands in the Swiftwater Resource Area east of the Range 3 and 4
boundary line and north of Little River Road are closed. This includes portions of Rock Creek Road and all BLM
recreation and day use sites within the closure boundary, including Rock Creek, Lone Pine, Millpond, Scaredman and
Susan Creek campgrounds. Cavitt Creek Falls Campground is closed for the season. For more information, see
• Umpqua National Forest – Sections of the North Umpqua and Diamond Lake Districts remain under a fire closure
order. Umpqua Hot Springs, fire lookouts, cabins and group picnic sites remain closed. Diamond Lake Resort and
Diamond Lake are now open for public recreation, but Diamond Lake Campground is closed for the rest of the year.
North Umpqua District closure: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7176/57090/ and Diamond Lake District
closure: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7195/57398/. More information on Forest Service closures is available
at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/umpqua/alerts-notices. The Umpqua National Forest is currently at Industrial Fire
Precaution Level I. The fire danger is Moderate.
• Temporary Flight Restriction – No temporary flight restrictions are in effect for the Archie Creek or Thielsen Fires.
• Evacuations – No evacuations remain in place.
Lionshead Fire Update
Friday, Oct. 16
REDMOND, Ore. – Cooperating weather has allowed fire crews to complete suppression repair work this week. Crews have worked with local agencies to complete road repair projects, hazard tree and rock fall removal, and to begin setting up a long-term repair plan. Fire managers will implement a plan to minimize the amount of damage to the landscape after the fire while ensuring public safety.
Fire crews and support personnel have been released to support other incidents, notably the ongoing large fires in California. Aerial resources have been reduced to best support the footprint of the fire. One helicopter will transition from the current team to work with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to monitor hot spots in the coming days.
Today marks the final day Northwest Incident Management Team 13 will manage the Lionshead Fire. Control of the fire will be returned to the local units – the Warm Springs Agency, the Willamette National Forest and the Mt. Hood National Forest. Each agency will work to manage their portion of the fire in the most effective and efficient method possible while coordinating resources with nearby agencies
Weather: This weekend will bring warm weather; however, fuels are not expected to ignite, and the fire is expected to maintain its current size. Trees and brush have met the season-ending criteria, leaving it unlikely that additional ignitions will occur around the Lionshead Fire perimeter.
Safety: Unpaved roads are muddy, particularly on the west side of the Cascade Crest. Rock falls and falling trees create potential hazards around the fire footprint. Use caution when traveling on newly opened roads, as unmarked hazards may exist.
This is the final daily update from the Lionshead Fire and the final day the Lionshead Fire Facebook page and Inciweb pages will be updated. The Lionshead Fire Public Information Line will no longer be answered but the voicemail will provide contact numbers for the new teams taking over the fire management. Information will be distributed from each of the cooperating agencies, and the fire will be managed by the local units. For more information, please visit:
Warm Springs Agency: https://warmsprings-nsn.gov/
Willamette National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/willamette
Mt. Hood National Forest: https://www.fs.usda.gov/mthood
Pacific Northwest IMT #13
Public Information Phone: 971-277-5075
Media Inquiries: 541-904-0542
Incident E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Incident Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7049