Thielsen Fire Evacuation Level Reduced at Diamond Lake (Photo)

Tue, 22 Sep 2020 12:03:28 PDT

DIAMOND LAKE, Ore. - Effective at 12:00 PM on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, the Level 3 "GO!" Evacuation notice for Diamond Lake will be reduced to a Level 2 "BE SET". 

LEVEL 2 "BE SET" means: YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENTS NOTICE. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE YOU RECEIVE. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. 

"The reduction in these areas does not mean that the danger is gone, but rather, has improved to a level that the Sheriff's Office and fire officials feel comfortable reducing the Level 3 "GO!" notice. Residents, if deciding to return, must continue to monitor official sources of information and be prepared to leave at a moment's notice if the situation changes," said Sgt. Brad O'Dell.

The reduction in the evacuation level also does not override the forest closure issued by the United States Forest Service, which remains in place. Individuals should check with the Umpqua National Forest regarding closures before planning a trip to the forest. 

With this reduction, there are no longer any Level 3 "GO!" notices remaining in Douglas County at this time. Interactive evacuation maps are found at www.dcso.com/evacuations.

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Douglas County Wildfire Update Sunday 09/20/2020 (Photo)

Sun, 20 Sep 2020 12:00:00 PDT

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - Individuals affected by the Archie Creek Fire are encouraged to start the process of applying for Individual Assistance available through FEMA. Residents are encouraged to learn more at https://www.disasterassistance.gov or https://www.fema.gov/assistance/individual

"FEMA is standing by to assist those qualified with individual assistance who have been displaced or who have lost things such as vehicles by the Archie Creek Fire," Sgt. Brad O'Dell said. "However, in order for assistance to be available, it is imperative individuals begin the application process now through FEMA."

Additionally, Emergency Management is seeking information from the public regarding property damages incurred as a result of the Thielsen and Archie Creek Fires. Owners are asked to visit www.dcso.com/fires and fill out the form regarding damages. The information may be shared with local, state and federal organizations who may be able to assist individuals impacted by these incidents.

EVACUATIONS

The Archie Creek Fire has evacuation level changes effective today, Sunday, September 20, 2020, at 12:00 pm. The changes include: 

The following Archie Creek evacuation levels remain in place and unchanged: 

The following Thielsen Fire evacuation levels remain in place and unchanged:

RED CROSS WILDFIRE RECOVERY KITS 

The Red Cross now has Wildfire Recovery kits available for pickup daily from 8 AM to 7 PM at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

Each kit contains a shovel, rake, sifter, N95 masks, work gloves, tarp, trash bags, tote, hand sanitizer, and field meals.

Wildfire kits are free to anyone who proves residence at an address that suffered fire damage.

GLIDE DONATION CENTERS

Beginning Sunday, September 20, 2020, Glide Revitalization and Glide Strong are open at the old Glide Middle School (301 Glide Loop Drive) every day from 10am-7pm for families that have been affected by the Archie Creek Fire. Impacted residents are encouraged to get items that have been donated including diapers and baby items, toiletries, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, food, tents, sleeping bags, bedding, children’s toys, adult and children books and much more. Shoppers will need to show photo ID before admission.

Volunteers will also help individuals register with FEMA if they have lost their home. Residents are asked to bring their Social Security Number, insurance policy information, address, phone number, description of disaster-caused damage and losses, total household annual income, and bank routing information.

Glide Baptist church also still has plenty of clothing available. They are open each day from 10-7.

To volunteer at Glide Baptist Church, please register at www.glidestrong.com

THANK YOU to Douglas Timber Operators and United Way for making this donation center possible!

BEWARE OF SCAMS

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office wants to remind community members who want to assist families, to be cautious of scams. Often times during emergencies, fraudulent crowd funding sites are established to give the appearance of victim relief funding. While we recognize not all crowd funding sites are fraudulent, it can be difficult to determine which ones are legitimate. It is encouraged that those whishing to make financial contributions do so through official organizations. A few are listed below: 

If you decide to make a contribution through a crowd funding site, please take time to research who is operating the donation request and that the funds will go where you intend them. 

STATE HIGHWAY INFORMATION

Highway 138E remains closed to the public. Residents who show proof of residency are being permitted past the road closure, but should expect delays. For the latest information from ODOT regarding road closures, visit www.tripcheck.com.

DOUGLAS COUNTY EVACUATION LOCATION AND EMERGENCY SHELTER INFORMATION:

As a reminder the Douglas County Commissioners along with Douglas County Fair Officials opened up the Douglas County Fairgrounds as an evacuation and temporary re-homing location and continue to welcome displaced wildfire residents and livestock. The Douglas County Fairgrounds continues to be the local hub for our displaced residents with many amenities including full hookup RV sites, camping, showers, emergency shelter, meals, supplies, livestock boarding, resources with a steady supply of amazing of local volunteers and donations to help.  We have an amazing community! 

Update: RV full hook up spaces were available, and we have electrical only hook up locations and plenty of dry camping spots available.  Space and priority is being given to Douglas County residents who have received Level 2 and Level 3 Evacuation notices. For more information about space availability at the Fairgrounds, please contact Ciera Keith at the Fairground Office at (541) 440-4394. 

Update: The horse and large animal stalls have room for livestock.  If you have horses or other large animals, please contact Ciera Keith at the Fairground Office at (541) 440-4394.  If you have small animals and pets (cats, dogs, birds, etc) that need boarding due to the wildfires, please contact Saving Grace at (541) 672-3907.  For other small animals like pigs, sheep or goats, contact the Douglas County Fairgrounds for space information. 

USDA CAN ASSIST FARMERS AND RANCHERS WHO HAVE LOST LIVESTOCK DUE TO WILDFIRES

Shared from the Oregon Department of Agriculture.  This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced livestock owners and contract growers who lost livestock due to wildfires are eligible for assistance under the USDA’s Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). The LIP program can cover losses but there are several requirements owners must meet to be eligible for payments. The USDA is providing an informational flyer outlining the process. Owners are also encouraged to contact their local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices for help in applying for assistance, phone numbers can be found on the flyer.  “As soon as Oregon farmers and ranchers can safely evaluate the impacts to their farming operation we encourage them to reach out to their local FSA office,” said Alexis Taylor, Director, Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA). “We know many of Oregon’s wildfires continue to burn and the full impact on agriculture won’t be known for some time, yet as we slowly move into recovery mode we want to ensure our farmers and ranchers have access to every resource available” Statewide there are nearly 30 wildfires burning and more than 900,000 acres burned.  

Archie Creek Fire Evacuation Notice Update (Photo)

Fri, 18 Sep 2020 17:00:00 PDT

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - All Level 3 "GO!" Evacuation orders have been downgraded for the Archie Creek Fire, effective 5:00 PM on Friday, September 18, 2020. 

The following is a summary of the current evacuation notices which remain in place. Current evacuation maps can be found at www.dcso.com/evacuations

ARCHIE CREEK FIRE

** Please note: Highway 138E remains closed at Idleyld Trading Post and will remain closed throughout the weekend. Residents who can show proof of residency beyond the closure will be permitted through area, but should expect delays. Additional information can be found at www.tripcheck.com.

Residents returning to a Level 2 "BE SET" area, should be aware that danger still exists in the area and should remain ready to leave at a moment's notice. Individuals returning to areas impacted by the fire should be aware there are inherent risks associated with returning. Hazards have not been mitigated from private properties and homeowners assume all risks by returning to their properties. If at any time a resident feels unsafe or in the event of significant wind or rain, they should not wait to be told to leave and should do so on their own. The following safety tips are provided to those returning to areas which have been impacted by the fire: 

LOOK UP:

LOOK DOWN:

LOOK AROUND:

Residents may also observe hot spots or smoke when returning 

THIELSEN FIRE: 

Residents in all areas are urged to drive cautiously with their headlights on, slow their speeds and watch for falling hazards, debris, firefighting traffic and hazard mitigation crews working in the area. 

Media Advisory - Archie Creek Fire Tour

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 19:49:09 PDT

MEDIA ADVISORY - ARCHIE CREEK FIRE TOUR

IDLEYLD PARK, Ore. - Douglas County Media outlets are invited to attend a media tour of the Archie Creek Fire on Friday, September 18, 2020. 

Outlets wishing to attend are asked to be at the Idleyld Trading Post on Friday morning, no later than 10:00 am. Media is asked to wear protective equipment. Those who need protective equipment are asked to contact DFPA Fire Prevention Specialist Kyle Reed at Kyle.Reed@oregon.gov before 7:00 am Friday morning. 

It is requested that outlets try to limit the number of personnel on the tour to what is necessary for each outlet. 

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Level 3 Evacuation Notice Re-Issued for Section of Little River Road (Photo)

Wed, 16 Sep 2020 20:20:05 PDT

GLIDE, Ore. - The Sheriff's Office is re-issuing a Level 3 "GO!" evacuation notice for the residents on Little River Road between New Bridge Road and the end of Little River Road; including all side roads between these two points.

The road is closed at Little River Road and New Bridge Road and open to fire and emergency traffic only. Residents will not be permitted back into the Level 3 area until the risk subsides.

It is strongly recommended that residents evacuate the area immediately and don't attempt to make efforts to protect structures. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be able to assist further. This will be the last notice residents in the area will receive. 

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County Emergency Management Collecting Fire Damage Assessment Information

Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:35:29 PDT

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SOLICITING INFORMATION REGARDING DAMAGES INCURRED TO HOMES AND PROPERTY AS A RESULT OF THIELSEN AND ARCHIE CREEK FIRES:

Wayne Stinson, Douglas County's Emergency Manager, is seeking information from the public regarding residential and property damages incurred as a result of the Thielsen and Archie Creek Fires. 

Owners are asked to visit www.dcso.com/fires and fill out the form regarding damages. The information may be shared with local, state and federal organizations who may be able to assist individuals impacted by these incidents. 

EVACUATIONS:

The Sheriff's Office, working in conjunction with fire managers, is implementing changes to some of the evacuation levels from the Archie Creek Fire. 

Effective at noon on Wednesday the following changes have been made: 

Current interactive evacuation maps are found at www.dcso.com/evacuations. Residents can search by specific address. 

Also effective at noon on Wednesday, the official Level 1 has been dropped from North Bank Road, Rivershore Drive and Single Tree Lane. These homes were previously under a Level 1 as a result of the French Creek Fire. 

IDLEYLD RESIDENTS TO VISIT PROPERTIES ON THURSDAY AT NOON:

Residents of Idleyld Park will have the opportunity to access their properties on Thursday at noon until 7:00 pm. This will be for all residents living between Idleyld Trading Post east to Moore Hill Lane; inclusive of all residential side roads. 

Access will be granted to residents only, and individuals will be asked to provide proof of residency at the checkpoints. Members of the media and general public will not be permitted. Search and Rescue Volunteers, Deputies and OSP Troopers will be assisting in the process.

"This will be the first look most of these community members have had to see the damages to their homes. We want to provide a an opportunity for them to see their properties without the pressure of the media or other members of the public, while still maintaining control over the hazard area."

Sheriff Hanlin and County Commissioners have been working to facilitate this return for the past several days. Douglas County Public Works and the Oregon Department of Transportation have been working hard to remove immediate hazards from the roadways and on the right of ways in order to facilitate this effort. 

"We recognize the need for individuals to have the opportunity to access their properties to assess damages, collect items or take pictures for insurance claims," Sgt. Brad O'Dell said. "It is critically important that residents wishing to return understand that there are inherent risks with returning to the area. There are hazard trees, falling debris and other hazards which have not been mitigated on private properties, which could cause serious injury or loss of life." O'Dell said. 

When returning to the area, residents are asked to drive cautiously and watch for debris, firefighting efforts, utility work and other activities which may be taking place. 

Because of the hazardous conditions, limited visibility with heavy smoke and other safety concerns, everyone visiting the area is asked to be out of the area by 7:00 pm.

Commissioner Tim Freeman said "On behalf myself and my family as well as Commissioners Boice and Kress, we express our deepest sympathies to those who have lost their homes and properties due to this devastating wildfire. Additionally, we are so grateful that residents were notified in a timely manner of the impending danger and that residents listened to the Sheriff's Office, Troopers and Search and Rescue members who issued the warnings. The fact that there has been no reported loss of life is remarkable."

To date, 109 homes have been lost to the Archie Creek Fire, the Sheriff's Office announced on Sunday evening. 

DOUGLAS COUNTY SENIORS SERVICES CONTINUES TO PROVIDE CURB SIDE AND MEAL DELIVERY IN GLIDE:

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners are grateful that our Douglas County Senior Services staff and amazing volunteers have continued to serve and deliver meals for Glide area seniors from their Senior Dining Site at the Glide Community Club, located at 20062 N Umpqua Hwy, in Glide, during the wildfires.  Hot meals are available for pick up via their Curb Service format, and they continue to deliver meals to homebound seniors through their Meals on Wheels program.  Through the Douglas County Senior Dining sites, ALL seniors 60 and up and their spouses are welcome to receive hot meals, or sign up for meal delivery.  Hot meals are available via Curb Service pick up at all Senior Dining sites on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm.  The hot meals are also delivered on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, to homebound seniors.  There are also options for prepackaged meals for non-delivery days, based on availability.  Please know that our Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers are doing their best to reach homebound seniors, via roads and driveways that are accessible.  For more information and a list of additional senior dining sites, log onto the Douglas County Senior Service website at: https://www.co.douglas.or.us/ss/.

Please note, if you or your loved ones are unable to reach the dining sites, please contact Douglas County Senior Services for assistance with additional resources.  We are tremendously thankful for all the volunteers that are able to make it to the dining sites.  However, due to the wildfires and COVID-19, we are in desperate need of more volunteers to help prepare and serve meals at all of our dining sites, as well as, deliver meals to homebound seniors.  If you are able and available to volunteer at our dining sites, please contact Douglas County Senior Services at (541) 440-3677. 

INFORMATION ON HOW TO VOTE FOR OREGONIANS DISPLACED BY WILDFIRES

Shared from Secretary of State, Bev Clarno.  Secretary of State Bev Clarno issued the following statement in response to the wildfires and to ensure all displaced Oregonians are able to receive their ballot and vote this November.

“The families and communities affected by the devastating wildfires across Oregon are in my thoughts and prayers. Our team at Secretary of State stands ready to help both in the immediate response and long-term recovery efforts to come.  For any Oregonians displaced from their home and concerned about voting in the General Election this November, rest assured we have a plan and are working closely with local election officials to ensure you can receive your ballot, vote, and make your voices heard.”

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I receive my ballot if I have been displaced by wildfires?

  1. Ballots will start being mailed October 14. If you know an address where you will be able to receive mail then, you can add a temporary mailing address at oregonvotes.gov/myvote.
  2. If you want, you may also use this paper form to provide us with a temporary address.
  3. You can pick up all of your mail (including ballots once they are mailed) at the post office that serves your permanent residence address.
  4. Contact your county election office after October 1 for additional options they may have for pickup. Find your county election office here.

If I submit a change of address through USPS, will my ballot be forwarded to the new address?

No. Ballots are unable to be forwarded. It is one of the security features of our system. You must inform election officials of your temporary address using one of the methods above in order to have your ballot sent there.

Do I need to register to vote from my temporary address?

No. You do not need to re-register to vote if you are living somewhere temporarily because you have been displaced by wildfires. You just need to let us know where to mail your ballot by one of the methods above.

Will I be able to vote on the local measures where my permanent address is located, even if I am temporarily living outside that area?

Yes. The ballot you receive will contain the contests for your residential address, not your temporary mailing address.

What if my mailbox was destroyed?

If mail cannot be delivered to your home or mailbox, it will be held at your local post office and you can pick it up there.

DTO/FISHERY ENHANCEMENT DERBY HELPING THOSE IMPACTED BY FIRE:

Shared from DTO. The Douglas Timber Operators have partnered with the Umpqua Fisheries Enhancement Derby to provide direct relief to individuals and communities affected by the Archie Creek Fire.  DTO Executive Director Matt Hill said the are accepting contributions which will go directly to provide financial assistance, food and supplies as quickly as possible. On Sunday, DTO delivered a truckload of supplies to the 138 Grill in Glide which has been serving free meals to impacted community members since the evacuations began.  Hill said contributions can be made by writing a check made out to the Umpqua Fisheries Enhancement Derby and mailed or dropped off at the DTO office at 3000 Northwest Stewart Parkway in Roseburg, 97470. Those who want to help can also go online to https://www.dougtimber.org/archie-creek-fire-relief.  Hill said the Umpqua Fisheries Enhancement Derby will be processing all contributions, which will be tax deductible.

 

Residents of Idleyld to Return to Properties Thursday Afternoon

Tue, 15 Sep 2020 19:17:52 PDT

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - Residents of Idleyld Park will have the opportunity to access their properties on Thursday at noon until 7:00 pm. 

Access will be granted to residents only, and individuals will be asked to provide proof of residency at the checkpoints. Members of the media and general public will not be permitted. Search and Rescue Volunteers, Deputies and OSP Troopers will be assisting in the process.

"This will be the first look most of these community members have had to see the damages to their homes. We want to provide a an opportunity for them to see their properties without the pressure of the media or other members of the public, while still maintaining control over the hazard area."

Sheriff Hanlin and County Commissioners have been working to facilitate this return for the past several days. Douglas County Public Works and the Oregon Department of Transportation have been working hard to remove immediate hazards from the roadways and on the right of ways in order to facilitate this effort. 

"We recognize the need for individuals to have the opportunity to access their properties to assess damages, collect items or take pictures for insurance claims," Sgt. Brad O'Dell said. "It is critically important that residents wishing to return understand that there are inherent risks with returning to the area. There are hazard trees, falling debris and other hazards which have not been mitigated on private properties, which could cause serious injury or loss of life." O'Dell said. 

When returning to the area, residents are asked to drive cautiously and watch for debris, firefighting efforts, utility work and other activities which may be taking place. 

Because of the hazardous conditions, limited visibility with heavy smoke and other safety concerns, everyone visiting the area is asked to be out of the area by 7:00 pm.

Commissioner Tim Freeman said "On behalf myself and my family as well as Commissioners Boice and Kress, we express our deepest sympathies to those who have lost their homes and properties due to this devastating wildfire. Additionally, we are so grateful that residents were notified in a timely manner of the impending danger and that residents listened to the Sheriff's Office, Troopers and Search and Rescue members who issued the warnings. The fact that there has been no reported loss of life is remarkable."

To date, 109 homes have been lost to the Archie Creek Fire, the Sheriff's Office announced on Sunday evening. 

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Archie Creek Fire Evening Update - 09/14/2020 (Photo)

Mon, 14 Sep 2020 23:11:36 PDT

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - In conjunction with fire officials, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office is announcing a reduction in the evacuation levels due to the Archie Creek Fire. 

Beginning at 5:00 PM on, Monday, September 14, 2020, the following evacuation levels apply: 

An interactive evacuation map can be found at www.dcso.com/evacuations. On the site, users will find an interactive map where they may enter a specific address to determine their evacuation level, if applicable. The maps are updated as quickly as possible following the announcement of changes. 

Residents returning to their homes must be aware that risks may still exist and firefighting operations may still be in the area. Please drive cautiously and watch for falling hazards such as trees and debris. Residents may also observe small fires at night which were previously not visible during the day. If you feel unsafe, evacuate on your own and do not wait for notification from the Sheriff's Office.

LEVEL 1 "BE READY" NOTICE means: Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system. ALL RESIDENTS SHOULD BE IN THIS LEVEL OF READINESS AT ALL TIMES!

LEVEL 2 "BE SET" means: YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENTS NOTICE. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE YOU RECEIVE. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. 

LEVEL 3 "GO!" means: LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! Danger to your area is current or imminent and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be able to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home or any structure. THIS WILL BE THE LAST NOTICE YOU RECEIVE.

"The reduction in these areas does not mean that the danger is gone. Residents, if deciding to return, must continue to monitor official sources of information and be prepared to leave at a moment's notice if the situation changes," said Sgt. Brad O'Dell. "Something residents should also be aware of is the current hazardous air quality in the area. Those with heart or lung health conditions, young children and those who are elderly should really take caution with the smoke."

DOUGLAS COUNTY WILDFIRE UPDATE:

The following agencies are managing the local wildfires.  Please log onto their websites, Facebook pages or call their offices for more information.

The Archie Creek Fire: managed by Northwest Interagency Incident Management - Team 9.

Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7176/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Archie-Creek-Fire-Information-120244459815292/

(971) 334-7674

The Thielsen Fire, near Diamond Lake is being managed by the USFS.

Website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UmpquaNationalForest/

Local Updates: At this time, please continue to monitor the Douglas Forest Protective Association Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation/ for a complete list of local wildfire updates. 

Additional fire information is also available on Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Please call 911 to report any signs of new fires.

RESOURCES FOR EMOTIONAL AND OTHER SUPPORT

Shared from OHA.  During this incredibly challenging time, as many of us continue to deal with the devastating effects of wildfires, as well as the COVID-19 public health crisis, they wanted to remind you of some valuable resources to help with your mental health and wellbeing during crisis.  It is important to take care of the mental you, so if you need support, please know that help is available for you.

PROPERTY TAX RELIEF AVAILABLE FOR WILDFIRE VICTIMS

The Douglas County Commissioners announced that the Douglas County Assessor’s Office and the Douglas County Tax Office have applications available for tax relief for any residents that have lost their homes or any structures due to the wildfires in Douglas County.  Residents can fill out an application that will allow our offices to pro-rate your taxes and remove any value associated with lost structures. The application will need to be submitted no later than June 30, 2021. Applications for the proration are available online on the Douglas County Assessor’s website at: https://www.co.douglas.or.us/puboaa/default.asp or from their office in the Douglas County Courthouse, Room 206, located at 1036 SE Douglas Avenue, Roseburg, Oregon or by calling (541) 440-4222.

OREGON WILDFIRE DAMAGE HOUSING RELIEF

Shared from the Oregon Housing and Community Services Department.  Oregon Wildfire Damage Housing Relief program.  Has your home been damaged or lost due to a wildfire?  Up to $7,000 may be available to you.  OHCS was directed by the 78th Oregon Legislative Assembly to develop, implement and administer the Wildfire Damage Housing Relief Account Program to assist households of lower income that suffer a loss of housing due to a wildfire.

To apply for up to $7,000 in assistance, applicants must have had damage or loss to their primary residence due to a wildfire and residence is considered uninhabitable unless repaired or replaced. Applicants must have an income that is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Applicants must provide documentation of loss, proof of homeownership and proof of household income.

Funding for this program is limited and is dependent upon state budget allocation. If valid claims for assistance exceed the amount available, OHCS may make a pro rata reduction in grant amounts to increase the number of recipients who receive assistance. If the program depletes of all funds before receipt of any new allocation, applicants will be notified in writing and applications will be held by OHCS. If new funds become available, applications will be processed in the order that they were received. There is no guarantee that new funds will be made available.

Find out if you qualify.  Visit the Housing Assistance page on the Oregon Housing and Community Services website or email: wildfire.relief@oregon.gov

GREATER DOUGLAS UNITED WAY ANNOUNCES THAT THE FORD FAMILY FOUNDATION PLEDGES $25,000 AND CADDOCK ELECTRONICS PLEDGES $20,000 TO FIRE RELIEF FUND

Greater Douglas United Way (GDUW) announced today, Monday, September 14, 2020, that The Ford Family Foundation pledged $25,000 and Caddock Electronics pledged $20,000 to Greater Douglas United Way’s Fire Relief Fund. The fund has been established to help our local community with urgent needs as a result of the fires ravaging Douglas County. 100% of all funds raised will stay local and will go to provide support for our community’s organizations and individuals in need as a result of this tragedy.   If you are interested in being a part of this effort, donations can be made online at www.gduway.org, checks can be mailed to our address at 702 SE Jackson St., Roseburg, OR 97470 or you can go to any Cascade Community Credit Union branch in Douglas County to make a deposit directly.   GDUW will focus any funding on basic needs through local nonprofits for people impacted by the fires.  All funds raised will be used to help those in need. GDUW will not charge any administrative expense on the fund. To date, GDUW has raised over $73,000.   GDUW is focused on helping make Douglas County a better and safer place to live, work and play by focusing on education, income and health – the building blocks for a good life.  For more information, contact the GDUW at (541) 672-1734

Detectives Investigate Apparent Murder Suicide in Dillard

Mon, 14 Sep 2020 12:25:20 PDT

DILLARD, Ore. - A Dillard man shot and killed his live-in girlfriend before turning the gun on himself Sunday evening. 

On Sunday, September 13, 2020, at approximately 5:10 PM, 9-1-1 dispatchers received a call reporting a female had been shot at an address in the 100-block of First Street in Dillard. Dispatchers attempted to obtain additional information, but the male disconnected. A deputy briefly spoke to the man on the phone while responding to the address. The man told the deputy to "have a good one" and then a gunshot was heard. When deputies arrived a final gunshot was heard from inside the home. Deputies entered the residence and located 88 year-old Thomas Dale Higginbothom with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and a weapon in his lap. Deputies also located 63 year-old Linda Lee Free also of Dillard in another room with a gunshot would. 

Free was pronounced deceased at the scene. Higginbothom was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg by ambulance where he remains in critical condition and is not expected to survive. 

Detectives from the Sheriff's Office are investigating the incident as an apparent murder - suicide. The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office also responded and has notified next-of-kin. 

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Portion of Little River Road has Been Reduced to Level 2 (Photo)

Sun, 13 Sep 2020 21:26:07 PDT

GLIDE, Ore. - In conjunction with fire officials, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office is announcing a reduction in the Level 3 evacuation orders for a portion of Little River Road. 

Beginning at 9:00 PM on, Sunday, September 13, 2020, residents living on Little River Road from Highway 138E to Buckhorn Road are now under a Level 2 "Be Set" evacuation notice.

LEVEL 2 "BE SET" means: YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENTS NOTICE. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE YOU RECEIVE. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. 

"The reduction in these areas does not mean that the danger is gone. Residents, if deciding to return, must continue to monitor official sources of information and be prepared to leave at a moment's notice if the situation changes," said Sgt. Brad O'Dell. "Something residents should also be aware of is the current hazardous air quality in the area. Those with heart or lung health conditions, young children and those who are elderly should really take caution with the smoke."

Wildfire smoke has created very hazardous air quality conditions in Douglas County, conditions remain some of the worst air quality in the state. People with underlying lung or heart conditions, the elderly, children and pregnant woman are most at risk for health consequences of wildfire smoke pollution but at the current hazardous levels, all people should do their best to stay inside where air is cleaner. The current air quality index in Roseburg was 576 this morning at 10 am, compared to the top 10 cities worldwide with air quality index averaging 110-160 daily. 

“We are experiencing extremely hazardous air conditions in the Umpqua Valley, due to wildfire smoke. Please take precautions to stay inside, filter your air flow inside when you can, don’t exercise outside and watch for respiratory distress. Please take special care of those loved ones with underlying lung or heart conditions, monitor air conditions throughout the day and do your best to stay inside until conditions improve.” Dr.  Bob Dannenhoffer, Douglas County Public Heath Officer.

OregonAir, a free phone app, is a helpful site to monitor air conditions. Oregon Smoke information is a helpful website that also reports air quality. (http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/?m=1). 

Current evacuation maps can be found at www.dcso.com/evacuations.

109 Homes Lost to Archie Creek Fire (Photo)

Sun, 13 Sep 2020 21:12:40 PDT

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Board of Commissioners and agency partners held a drop-in information session this afternoon at Glide High School for residents of certain areas of the Glide and Idleyld Park communities which were impacted by the Archie Creek Fire. 255 citizens attended the meeting and were able to learn about the status of their home and meet with emotional support workers and resources such as the Douglas County Assessor's Office, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Glide School District and Douglas Public Health Network. Representatives from Glide Rural Fire District, Douglas County Fire District #2, Douglas Forest Protective Association, the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the Archie Creek Fire Management Team were also in attendance. 

Over the last several days, Douglas County Search and Rescue personnel as well as Sheriff's Office deputies have been gathering information regarding residential structure damage and working with Douglas County staff from Public Works to map the damage. In total, 109 residences have been identified as lost as a result of the fire. The specific locations of the losses are not being released at this time. Thus far, there have been no reports of fatalities or missing persons made to the Sheriff's Office. 

"On behalf of Sheriff Hanlin, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners and all Douglas County employees our heartfelt sympathies go out to all those who have been displaced and negatively impacted by this fire," Sgt. Brad O'Dell said. "I am confident those who have lost their homes will find the support of our communities. Douglas County is a great place to live and work and we are known for rallying around each other in times of need."

If you would like to assist the victims of the fire, donations may be dropped off at the Glide Baptist Church or the through the Red Cross. 

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Reduction in Evacuation Level for Parts of Idleyld Park and Glide (Photo)

Sun, 13 Sep 2020 12:00:00 PDT

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - In conjunction with fire officials, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office is announcing a reduction in the Level 3 evacuation orders for parts of Idleyld Park. 

Beginning at noon on, Sunday, September 13, 2020, residents living east of the Green Bridge in Glide, up river to the Narrows Wayside (Idleyld Trading Post), are now under a Level 2 "Be Set" evacuation notice (Please note: ODOT and Law Enforcement is unable to allow anyone past the road block at Idleyld Trading Post due to hazardous conditions that exist beyond the closure. Our partners at the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon State Police continue to assess and clear hazards. Any reduction in the remaining Level 3 "GO!" orders will be evaluated by the Sheriff's Office and fire managers). Additionally, residents living on Lone Rock Road and Terrace Drive have also been downgraded to a Level 2 "Be Set" notice. 

LEVEL 2 "BE SET" means: YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENTS NOTICE. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE YOU RECEIVE. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate. 

"The reduction in these areas does not mean that the danger is gone. Residents, if deciding to return, must continue to monitor official sources of information and be prepared to leave at a moment's notice if the situation changes," said Sgt. Brad O'Dell. "Something residents should also be aware of is the current hazardous air quality in the area. Those with heart or lung health conditions, young children and those who are elderly should really take caution with the smoke."

Wildfire smoke has created very hazardous air quality conditions in Douglas County, conditions remain some of the worst air quality in the state. People with underlying lung or heart conditions, the elderly, children and pregnant woman are most at risk for health consequences of wildfire smoke pollution but at the current hazardous levels, all people should do their best to stay inside where air is cleaner. The current air quality index in Roseburg was 576 this morning at 10 am, compared to the top 10 cities worldwide with air quality index averaging 110-160 daily. 

“We are experiencing extremely hazardous air conditions in the Umpqua Valley, due to wildfire smoke. Please take precautions to stay inside, filter your air flow inside when you can, don’t exercise outside and watch for respiratory distress. Please take special care of those loved ones with underlying lung or heart conditions, monitor air conditions throughout the day and do your best to stay inside until conditions improve.” Dr.  Bob Dannenhoffer, Douglas County Public Heath Officer.

OregonAir, a free phone app, is a helpful site to monitor air conditions. Oregon Smoke information is a helpful website that also reports air quality. (http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/?m=1). 

As a reminder, the Sheriff's Office, Board of Commissioners as well as representatives from the County and various partner agencies will host a private drop-in residential damage informational session today, Sunday, September 13, 2020, between 3 pm - 7 pm at Glide High School (18990 North Umpqua Highway, Glide, OR). This drop-in informational session is not open to the public or the media and only specific residents will be admitted from the areas described below. Proof of residency will be required and those attending are asked to adhere to COVID-19 recommendations. 

This is a private session for the residents of the below listed locations who want to learn more about residential structural damage to their property and resources available to them. The Sheriff's Office has compiled a list of residences which have been damaged and will be sharing that information specifically with the residents of the following locations:

Information on resources will be available from various partner agencies such as Douglas Public Health Network, Red Cross, Douglas Forest Protective Association, Archie Creek Fire representatives and more. Residents will be asked to comply with COVID-19 recommendations and to show proof of residency prior to entering the building. 

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Grants Pass Man Arrested for Rape of Juvenile (Photo)

Sat, 12 Sep 2020 22:03:38 PDT

CANYONVILLE, Ore. - A Grants Pass man is in custody on rape charges this evening following his discharge from Mercy Medical Center.

On Saturday, September 5, 2020, deputies were dispatched to a reported rape of a juvenile which occurred in Canyonville. Deputies secured the scene and contacted detectives who took over the investigation. 

The suspect, 43 year-old James Darren Smith of Grants Pass, was transported by ambulance from the scene and has been hospitalized since the incident occurred. 

On Saturday, September 12, 2020, Smith was discharged from Mercy Medical Center and was arrested. He was lodged at the Douglas County Jail on the following charges: 

The juvenile was known to Smith. 

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Private Drop-In Residential Damage Meeting for Certain Residents Affected by Archie Creek Fire (Photo)

Sat, 12 Sep 2020 20:02:49 PDT

GLIDE, Ore. - The Sheriff's Office, Board of Commissioners as well as representatives from the County and various partner agencies will host a private drop-in residential damage meeting tomorrow, Sunday, September 13, 2020, between 3 pm - 7 pm at Glide High School (18990 North Umpqua Highway, Glide, OR). This drop-in meeting is not open to the public or the media and only specific residents will be admitted from the areas described below. Proof of residency will be required and those attending are asked to adhere to COVID-19 recommendations. 

This is a private informational drop-in meeting for the residents of the below listed locations who want to learn more about residential structural damage to their property and resources available to them. The Sheriff's Office has compiled a list of residences which have been damaged and will be sharing that information specifically with the residents of the following locations:

Information on resources will be available from various partner agencies such as Douglas Public Health Network, Red Cross, Douglas Forest Protective Association, Archie Creek Fire representatives and more.

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Douglas County Evening Wildfire Update 09/11/2020 (Photo)

Fri, 11 Sep 2020 22:42:13 PDT

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - "In midst of the chaos, today we pause to remember those who were lost on September 11, 2001". - Douglas County Sheriff's Office (Photograph).

FIRE EVACUATIONS:

Several evacuation notices throughout Douglas County were downgraded today. The Sheriff's Office has made the changes following information and discussion with fire managers. The following are current evacuation notices:

LEVEL 1 "BE READY": Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system. ALL COUNTY RESIDENTS SHOULD BE IN THIS LEVEL OF READINESS AT ALL TIMES!

North Bank Road from 13767 North Bank Road west to the east North Bank Bridge
All of Single Tree Lane
All of Rivershore Drive

LEVEL 2 "BE SET": YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENTS NOTICE. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE YOU RECEIVE. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate.

Fire maps can be located at www.dcso.com/evacuations. 

ARCHIE CREEK FIRE: 

Nonpareil Road from Plat K Road west to Gassy Creek
The community of Glide from the Green Bridge east to Little River Road. (Except for Lone Rock Road, Bar L Ranch Road, Upper Terrace, Terrace, Little River Road)

LEVEL 3 "GO!": LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! Danger to your area is current or imminent and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be able to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home or any structure. THIS WILL BE THE LAST NOTICE YOU RECEIVE.

ARCHIE CREEK FIRE:

Dry Creek (Happy Creek Ln, Felix Flat, Elk Ridge, Illahee)
Steamboat Creek to the Green Bridge in Glide (Includes all addresses between these points, Includes the community of Idleyld Park)
Lone Rock Road
Bar L Ranch Road
Upper Terrace Drive
Terrace Drive
Little River Road
Gassy Creek Road east to the end of Nonpariel Road

THIELSEN FIRE (Diamond Lake):

Diamond Lake (Includes all recreation sites, Diamond Lake Lodge, Private Summer Homes)
Lemolo Lake

EVACUATION INFORMATION:
For more information and questions about evacuations, log onto the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office website at: www.dcso.com or the DCSO Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/DouglasCoSO/. You can reach DCSO at (541) 440-4450. Please do not call 911 for general questions about the local wildfires, please save those lines for emergency calls. 

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has created a page on its website with maps of the current evacuation zones. The maps attempt to provide a visual of the most current evacuation zones by showing roads and specific addresses in some cases. The maps can be found at www.dcso.com/evacuations and are updated as quickly as possible.

EVACUATION AND EMERGENCY SHELTER LOCATION:

DOUGLAS COUNTY CITIZEN EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM:
All residents are encouraged to sign up their cell phones with the Douglas County Citizen Emergency Notification system. The system, often referred to as a "reverse 9-1-1" is used to provide mass notification in the event of an emergency. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has been utilizing the system over the past several days to notify residents of emergency evacuation orders which affect their residence. If you have not already signed up, please consider signing up.  Being informed is vitally important during emergency situations.  To register, visit www.dcso.com/alerts

DOUGLAS COUNTY WILDFIRE UPDATE: 
The following agencies are managing the local wildfires.  Please log onto their websites, Facebook pages or call their offices for more information.

The Archie Creek Fire: managed by Northwest Interagency Incident Management - Team 9. 
Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7176/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Archie-Creek-Fire-Information-120244459815292/
(971) 334-7674

The French Creek Wildfire is still under the management of DFPA. 
Website:  www.dfpa.net
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation/

The Thielsen Fire, near Diamond Lake is being managed by the USFS.
Website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua

Local Updates: At this time, please continue to monitor the Douglas Forest Protective Association Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation/ for a complete list of local wildfire updates.  

Additional fire information is also available on Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ 
Please call 911 to report any signs of new fires.

DOUGLAS COUNTY RESOURCE HOTLINE: (541) 464-6550:
Douglas County Commissioners and Douglas Public Health Network have added a resource and referral service to the current COVID-19 hotline for Douglas County residents.  The added service will help residents get connected to resources and services due to the local wildfires.  Referral and resource information will be available about local emergency shelters, livestock and animal boarding options, donation locations, volunteer opportunities, welfare check referrals, food and water resources and help with health and wellness questions.  This is NOT the hotline for Fire Updates or Evacuation information.  Please contact or follow DFPA and DCSO for the most up-to-date wildfire information.  The Resource/COVID-19 Hotline is (541) 464-6550.  It is staffed from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, 7 days a week until further notice.  

DOUGLAS COUNTY DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY DUE TO WILDFIRES & FEMA APPROVES WILDFIRE FUNDING FOR ARCHIE CREEK FIRE
Under a delegation of authority order, on behalf of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Commissioner Tim Freeman approved a State of Emergency for Douglas County late yesterday, September 8, 2020, due to the wildfires burning up the North Umpqua Hwy (Oregon Hwy 138) at French Creek, Archie Creek and Star Mountain.  At the time of the declaration, numerous homes and structures in the area were under LEVEL 3 – GO! mandatory evacuation orders. 

“Conditions are very unpredictable and hazardous right now, with high winds, dry temperatures and extreme terrain making it incredibly difficult for fire crews working the front lines right now,” commented Commissioner Tim Freeman. “Our number one priority is the safety and health of our residents.  Many of our residents have already lost their homes and many more are in immediate danger.  Your Douglas County Board of Commissioners agree that critical action must be taken to alleviate any more stress to residents and we must utilize all available resources to protect as much as we can from the devastating wildfires.”

FEMA AUTHORIZES FEDERAL FUNDS TO HELP FIGHT THE ARCHIE CREEK FIRE IN OREGON 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Archie Creek Fire in Douglas County, Oregon.  FEMA Region 10 Administrator Mike O'Hare determined that the fires threatened to cause such destruction as would constitute a major disaster, and on Wednesday he approved the state of Oregon's requests for Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAG).  The Archie Creek Fire started on Tuesday, burning in excess of 5,700 acres of federal and private land. At the time of the request, the fire threatened up to 300 homes in and around the communities of Glide, Idleyld Park, and Steamboat. The fire also threatened transmission lines in the area. More than 2,500 people are under Level Two and Three evacuation notices, and up to 300 homes are under Level Three evacuation notices with another over 500 homes under a Level Two notice.  

“Having FEMA funding available to combat this unprecedented wildfire is invaluable for Douglas County," Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman said in an email. "We sincerely appreciate the Trump Administration for making this happen so quickly."

PRESIDENT APPROVES EMERGENCY DISASTER DECLARATION FOR OREGON
FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Oregon to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts to the emergency conditions in the area affected by wildfires beginning on Sept. 8, 2020, and continuing.  The President's action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, to save lives, to protect property, public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe.   Click here for declaration.

DAV: WILDFIRE DISASTER RELIEF FOR OREGON VETERANS/SURVIVING SPOUSES
The DAV National Service Office in Portland has obtained drafts (checks) to be sent out to veterans/surviving spouses that have been impacted by the wildfires in Oregon.  The drafts are up to $1,000 per household, regardless if it’s a multiple veteran household.  
To receive a draft PLEASE have the participant follow these steps:
1)    Email dav.vbaport@va.gov and state WILDFIRE RELIEF in the subject line.
2)    We need the full name of the veteran/surviving spouse.
3)    Their address that has been affected.
4)    An address they can receive the draft at.
5)    Their phone number and/or email address.
6)    Proof of veteran status.  Various things will work for this, the veteran DOES NOT need to be in receipt of any VA benefits.  Examples:  DDF 214, VA rating sheet, driver’s license with “veteran” annotation, etc.
7)    Are they requesting for food and clothing only OR did they have to evacuate/pay for lodging?  Please include as much proof/verification to make this as easy as possible.

DONATIONS FOR WILDFIRE VICTIMS
Locally, the Greater Douglas United Way is working with the Salvation Army and American Red Cross to accept both monetary and physical donations. Greater Douglas United Way has set up a Fire Relief Fund.  Monetary donations can be taken to their office at 702 SE Jackson Street or by logging onto their website at: https://gduway.org/campaigns/fire-relief-fund/. All donations will be donated directly to local Red Cross and Salvation Army wildfire efforts.  Physical donations (bottled water/sealed food items/clothing/necessities) can be dropped off at either the Greater Douglas United Way office at 702 SE Jackson Street or to the Salvation Army at 3130 NE Stephens Street. For additional questions regarding donations, you can reach the Salvation Army at (541) 672-6581 or the Greater Douglas United Way at (541) 672-1734.   There are a number of other private and faith based organizations that are offering meals and accepting donations as well, please call the Resource Hotline at (541) 464-6550 for more information.

OPEN FIRES NOT ALLOWED IN DOUGLAS COUNTY OWNED PARKS AND CAMPGROUNDS
Based on EXTREME fire danger and Douglas Forest Protective Association’s (DPFA’s) current Public Use and Industrial IFPL Restrictions, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, in conjunction with the Douglas County Parks Department would like to remind residents that all OPEN campfires are currently banned in ALL Douglas County owned and operated Parks and Campgrounds, pursuant to the current restrictions and EXTREME level conditions. Please note that propane gas heaters and lanterns are allowed at this time.  We ask that you use exercise extreme caution and continue to be fire safe in everything you do in and around our parks and while outdoors.   For more information about IFPL or Public Use Restrictions in effect on DFPA protected land, call DFPA’s 24-hour closure information line at (541) 672-0379 or visit www.dfpa.net. 

COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPOND TO SUPPORT THE GLIDE AND IDLEYLD COMMUNITIES IN STRUCTURE PROTECTION
Local fire departments, many of which are volunteers, from all over Douglas County have banded together to protect homes and structures from the Archie Creek Fire, which has charred 116,000 acres and counting and was zero percent contained as of this morning. 

“They’re working well together side by side, and making the best of a bad situation up here,” said Oakland Rural Fire Department Chief Bill Stearns, who is the County Fire Chief and the chair of Douglas County’s Fire Defense Board.

“We are doing structure protection,” Stearns said. “That’s what we’re focused on.” 

Departments battling the blaze include North Douglas County Fire and EMS based in Drain; the Kellogg Rural Fire District; Oakland Rural Fire District; Sutherlin Fire Department; Fair Oaks Rural Fire Protection District; Glide Rural Fire Protection District; Douglas County Fire District No. 2; Roseburg Fire Department; Lookingglass Rural Fire District; Winston-Dillard Fire District; Tri-City Rural Fire Protection District; and the Myrtle Creek Fire Department. Stearns said eight of those agencies are volunteer-based. 

He said many of the same departments have joined forces for previous fires, including the Horse Prairie Fire in 2017 and last year’s Milepost 97 Fire. 

Stearns said he particularly appreciates the Glide Rural Fire Protection District, which has served as a base for firefighting efforts. Volunteers have been working tirelessly to support the firefighters. “The ladies have been feeding us breakfast, lunch and dinner,” he said. 
 
Beth Werner, the Glide fire district’s business manager, said one volunteer, Esprit Steward, has been arriving at 4:30 a.m. to prepare breakfast. Steward, a volunteer EMT, juggles two jobs and a family but felt compelled to help out. Other volunteers help with breakfast, to-go lunches and other meals throughout the day. They’ve even set up a snack table. 

Community support for the firefighters has been overwhelming, she said. Some people have had pizzas delivered to the station, and two businesses - Lookingglass Brewery and Mast-Forney Real Estate Group - have both delivered trucks and trailers full of donated food. Numerous other businesses have also contributed, including Narrows Tavern, Lowe’s and Walmart. 

The station received so much food, in fact, that that exercise equipment had to be moved to make room to store it in the exercise room. When that room filled up, a water tender was moved out of a bay to clear more space. In order to keep things manageable, Werner asks anyone interested in donating food or sending pizza to call (541) 496-0224 beforehand to coordinate the donation. Any leftover food donations will likely be passed on to families who have lost their homes, she said. 

“It’s just really heartwarming to know that people in Douglas County are so thoughtful to think of each other and to help their neighbors,” Werner said. 

Glide Rural Fire Protection District Chief Ted Damewood said community members have also given non-food items, including toiletries. A retired firefighter from California dropped off 200 pairs of socks. 

“Sometimes you lose faith in humanity, and to have a natural disaster in your own backyard is not a very good thing,” Damewood said. “But to see the people coming together and giving to the people who are trying to save their homes is freaking amazing.” 

The groundswell of support has buoyed firefighters’ spirits, even as they work long days in challenging conditions. “The oxygen level seems to be pretty low out there because of the inversion,” Damewood said. “The smoke is just sitting right on the valley floor.”

He said one important thing people can do to help is to stay out of evacuation zones and respect the safety instructions of fire personnel and law enforcement, who are working around the clock to protect lives and property. 

CORRECTION: Archie Creek Fire Evacuation Level Update 09/11/2020

Fri, 11 Sep 2020 15:30:13 PDT

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. – A previous release stated that the Level 3 "GO!" evacuation had been lowered for the homes between Gassy Creek east to the end of Nonpareil Road. However, this is not accurate. The Level 3 between these two points remain in effect. 

However, the homes between Banks Creek Road and Gassy Creek are now a Level 2. 

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The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with fire officials are changing evacuation levels for the Archie Creek Fire as of noon today, September 11th. The community of Glide is being moved from level three (3) to level two (2), with the exception of Little River Rd, Bar L Road, Terrace and Upper Terrace Road and Lone Rock Road. Those roads remain at level three (3).  The road closure in Glide has been moved to the Green Bridge.  The Idleyld Park community remains in level three (3) evacuation.  Sutherlin evacuation levels are being changed from a level three (3) to level two (2) from Banks Creek Road east to Gassy Creek Road. Gassy Creek East to the end of Nonpareil Road. 

As of the time of this press release, there are no new fire evacuations. Sheriff Hanlin is committed to providing evacuated residents with enhanced patrols of the evacuated areas. Deputies and Troopers from the Oregon State Police are patrolling residential areas in an effort to deter and detect criminal activities during the evacuation period. Residents who have video surveillance or cameras, should call and report any suspicious activity they observe so it can be investigated. 

The Sheriff's Office has created a page on its website which contains maps of the current evacuation zones. The maps attempt to provide a visual of the most current evacuation zones by showing roads and specific addresses in some cases. The maps can be found at www.dcso.com/evacuations and are updated as quickly as possible.

The evacuation level descriptions are as follows:

LEVEL 1 "BE READY": Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system. ALL COUNTY RESIDENTS SHOULD BE IN THIS LEVEL OF READINESS AT ALL TIMES!

LEVEL 2 "BE SET": YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENTS NOTICE. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE YOU RECEIVE. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate.

LEVEL 3 "GO!": LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! Danger to your area is current or imminent and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be able to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home or any structure. THIS WILL BE THE LAST NOTICE YOU RECEIVE.

The following agencies are managing the local wildfires. Please log onto their websites, Facebook pages or call their offices for more information.

The Archie Creek Fire: managed by Northwest Interagency Incident Management - Team 9.

Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7176/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Archie-Creek-Fire-Information-120244459815292/

The French Creek Wildfire is still under the management of DFPA.

Website: www.dfpa.net

Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation/

The Thielsen Fire, near Diamond Lake is being managed by the USFS.

Website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua

Local Updates: At this time, please continue to monitor the Douglas Forest Protective Association Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation/

for a complete list of local wildfire updates.

Douglas County Evening Wildfire Update 09/10/2020 (Photo)

Thu, 10 Sep 2020 22:53:10 PDT

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - The Archie Creek Fire Officials will be holding a live public meeting tomorrow, Friday, September 11, 2020 at 2:00 pm. This will be a live stream video information briefing regarding the fire affecting several of our communities. Please check the Archie Creek Fire information Facebook page for a link to the live video beginning at 1:55 PM. The briefing will begin at 2:00 PM

As of the time of this press release, there are no new fire evacuations. Sheriff Hanlin is committed to providing evacuated residents with enhanced patrols of the evacuated areas. Deputies and Troopers from the Oregon State Police are patrolling residential areas in an effort to deter and detect criminal activities during the evacuation period. Residents who have video surveillance or cameras, should call and report any suspicious activity they observe so it can be investigated. 

The Sheriff's Office has created a page on its website which contains maps of the current evacuation zones. The maps attempt to provide a visual of the most current evacuation zones by showing roads and specific addresses in some cases. The maps can be found at www.dcso.com/evacuations and are updated as quickly as possible.

The following evacuations remain in place: 

LEVEL 1 "BE READY": Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system. ALL COUNTY RESIDENTS SHOULD BE IN THIS LEVEL OF READINESS AT ALL TIMES!

LEVEL 2 "BE SET": YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENTS NOTICE. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE YOU RECEIVE. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate.

FRENCH CREEK FIRE: 

ARCHIE CREEK FIRE: 

LEVEL 3 "GO!": LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! Danger to your area is current or imminent and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be able to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home or any structure. THIS WILL BE THE LAST NOTICE YOU RECEIVE.

ARCHIE CREEK FIRE:

THIELSEN FIRE (Diamond Lake):

EVACUATION AND EMERGENCY SHELTER LOCATION:

Douglas County Commissioners opened up the Douglas County Fairgrounds as an evacuation location for displaced wildfire residents, pets and livestock.  As of 10:00 am this morning, Thursday, September 10, 2020, all RV full hook up spaces have been filled, but there are a few electrical hook up locations and plenty of dry camping spots available.  Space and priority is being given to Douglas County residents who have received Level 2 and Level 3 Evacuation notices.

For more information about space availability at the Fairgrounds, please contact Ciera Keith at the Fairground Office at (541) 440-4394. 

The horse and large animal stalls are now full at the Fairgrounds.  If you have horses or other large animals, please contact the Douglas County Parks Department at (541) 440-6040 for horse campground or private land owner resources and referrals.  If you have small animals (cats, dogs, birds, etc) that need boarding due to the wildfires, please contact Saving Grace at (541) 672-3907.  For other small animals like pigs, sheep or goats, contact the Douglas County Fairgrounds for space information. 

The American Red Cross, working in conjunction with the Salvation Army have set up a temporary Emergency Shelter in Douglas Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.  They have cots set up that are COVID-19 friendly, a resource center, food and water available and they are serving limited meals from the kitchen.  They are working directly with Public Health to make sure that all COVID protocols and guidelines for masks, health, sanitation and screening are properly in place.  For more information, please contact the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army directly.  You can reach the Salvation Army at (541) 672-6581 and the American Red Cross at (541) 344-5244.

CURRENT FIRE INFORMATION:

We have heard from several residents from the community of Sutherlin about their concern for the Archie Creek Fire which is burning near Nonpareil Road. Please understand we are monitoring the situation and working closely with fire officials. At this time, there is no immediate danger to the residents who are not in a Level 3 "GO!" Evacuation zone. Should conditions change, you will be notified. It is recommended that you follow official sources for the most current and up to date information. 

The following agencies are managing the local wildfires. Please log onto their websites, Facebook pages or call their offices for more information.

The Archie Creek Fire: managed by Northwest Interagency Incident Management - Team 9.

Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7176/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Archie-Creek-Fire-Information-120244459815292/

The French Creek Wildfire is still under the management of DFPA.

Website: www.dfpa.net

Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation/

The Thielsen Fire, near Diamond Lake is being managed by the USFS.

Website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua

Local Updates: At this time, please continue to monitor the Douglas Forest Protective Association Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DouglasForestProtectiveAssociation/

for a complete list of local wildfire updates.

ODOT ROAD CLOSURE:
The North Umpqua Highway – Oregon Highway 138 East remains closed from the west end of Glide (Little River Road intersection, MP 17 at the Green Bridge) to the Oregon Hwy 230 (West Diamond Lake Highway, MP 83) junction. Only local traffic and emergency service vehicles will be allowed through. For the latest road and weather condition updates, visit https://www.tripcheck.com.

DOUGLAS COUNTY RESOURCE HOTLINE: (541) 464-6550:

Douglas County Commissioners and Douglas Public Health Network have added a resource and referral service to the current COVID-19 hotline for Douglas County residents.  The added service will help residents get connected to resources and services due to the local wildfires.  Referral and resource information will be available about local emergency shelters, livestock and animal boarding options, donation locations, volunteer opportunities, welfare check referrals, food and water resources and help with health and wellness questions.  This is NOT the hotline for Fire Updates or Evacuation information.  Please contact or follow DFPA and DCSO for the most up-to-date wildfire information.  The Resource/COVID-19 Hotline is (541) 464-6550.  It is staffed from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, 7 days a week until further notice. 

DONATIONS FOR WILDFIRE VICTIMS

Locally, the Greater Douglas United Way is working with the Salvation Army and American Red Cross to accept both monetary and physical donations. Greater Douglas United Way has set up a Fire Relief Fund.  Monetary donations can be taken to their office at 702 SE Jackson Street or by logging onto their website at: https://gduway.org/campaigns/fire-relief-fund/. All donations will be donated directly to local Red Cross and Salvation Army wildfire efforts.  Physical donations (bottled water/sealed food items/clothing/necessities) can be dropped off at either the Greater Douglas United Way office at 702 SE Jackson Street or to the Salvation Army at 3130 NE Stephens Street. For additional questions regarding donations, you can reach the Salvation Army at (541) 672-6581 or the Greater Douglas United Way at (541) 672-1734.   There are a number of other private and faith based organizations that are offering meals and accepting donations as well.

AIR QUALITY ALERT: AIR POLLUTION ADVISORY

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Air Pollution Advisory that will be in effect until at least 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 10, 2020 for Douglas County and most of central and southern Oregon.  Wildfires burning in the region combined with forecast conditions will cause air quality levels to fluctuate and could be at unhealthy levels.  For additional information, please visit their web site at http://www.oregon.gov/deq.  Our current air quality index is at 396. Click here for air quality index information.

Douglas County Wildfire Update (Photo)

Thu, 10 Sep 2020 00:42:59 PDT

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - As wildfires continue to burn throughout Douglas County, Sheriff Hanlin and his staff are working closely with County Commissioners and fire personnel in response to the emergency. 

The Sheriff's Office has created a page on its website to which contains maps of the current evacuation zones. The maps attempt to provide a visual of the most current evacuation zones by showing roads and specific addresses in some cases. The maps can be found at www.dcso.com/evacuations and are updated as quickly as possible. 

The following evacuations remain in place: 

LEVEL 1 "BE READY": Residents should be aware of the danger that exists in their area, monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock. If conditions worsen, emergency services personnel may contact you via an emergency notification system. ALL COUNTY RESIDENTS SHOULD BE IN THIS LEVEL OF READINESS AT ALL TIMES!

LEVEL 2 "BE SET": YOU MUST PREPARE TO LEAVE AT A MOMENTS NOTICE. This level indicates there is significant danger to your area, and residents should either voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area, or if choosing to remain, to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Residents MAY have time to gather necessary items, but doing so is at their own risk. THIS MAY BE THE ONLY NOTICE YOU RECEIVE. Emergency services cannot guarantee that they will be able to notify you if conditions rapidly deteriorate.

FRENCH CREEK FIRE: 

ARCHIE CREEK FIRE: 

*Nonpareil Road 4400-7500 block (Including Fair Oaks Road, Fraser Canyon, Bonanza Mine, Plat K)

LEVEL 3 "GO!": LEAVE IMMEDIATELY! Danger to your area is current or imminent and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be able to assist you further. DO NOT delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home or any structure. THIS WILL BE THE LAST NOTICE YOU RECEIVE.

ARCHIE CREEK FIRE:

THIELSEN FIRE (Diamond Lake):

DOUGLAS COUNTY CITIZEN EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM:
All residents are encouraged to sign up their cell phones with the Douglas County Citizen Emergency Notification system. The system, often referred to as a "reverse 9-1-1" is used to provide mass notification in the event of an emergency. The Sheriff's Office has been utilizing the system over the past several days to notify residents of emergency evacuation orders which affect their residence. To register, visit www.dcso.com/alerts.

EVACUATION AND EMERGENCY SHELTER LOCATION:
The Douglas County Commissioners have announced that in addition to the notice yesterday about the Douglas County Fairgrounds being open for displaced wildfire residents, pets and livestock from the area wildfires, the American Red Cross is working with the Salvation Army and has set up a temporary Emergency Shelter in Douglas Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.  They have about 20 beds set up that are COVID-19 friendly, a resource center and are serving limited meals from the available kitchen.  They are working directly with Public Health to make sure that all COVID protocols and guidelines for masks, health, sanitation and screening are properly in place.  

For more information about RV space and livestock availability at the Fairgrounds please contact Ciera Keith at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Office at (541) 440-4394.  At the time of this notice, the RV Park was about 75% full, but there is plenty of land and parking available for dry camping, plus a few additional spots with electrical hook up left.  The horse and large animal stalls are now full, but they might have capacity to handle small animals like rabbits, goats, pigs and chickens.  Please contact the fairgrounds for more information about animal smaller sheltering.  Please note: Space and priority is being given to Douglas County residents who have received Level 2 and Level 3 Evacuation notices.  As additional resources and opportunities for local residents to help and volunteer are made available, we will release updated information. 

CURRENT FIRE INFORMATION:
For current fire information, please visit the websites and facebook pages of the Douglas Forest Protective Association or the Umpqua National Forest. 

ODOT ROAD CLOSURE:
The North Umpqua Highway – Oregon Highway 138 East remains closed from the west end of Glide (Little River Road intersection, MP 17 at the Green Bridge) to the Oregon Hwy 230 (West Diamond Lake Highway, MP 83) junction. Only local traffic and emergency service vehicles will be allowed through. For the latest road and weather condition updates, visit https://www.tripcheck.com/.

HAZARDOUS AIR QUALITY ADVISORY UPDATE:
The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Air Quality Health Advisory due to wildfire smoke for most parts of Douglas County.  Our current air quality index is at 331.  Poor air quality can affect your health. Wildfire smoke creates tiny particles in the air that can cause health concerns. It can cause chest pain, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, headaches, sore throat, coughing and eye irritation.  Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, Douglas County Public Health Officer, Douglas County Board of Commissioners and DPHN suggest the following public health recommendations: 

•Try to limit your exposure to wildfire smoke.  If smoke is thick or becomes thick in your neighborhood you may want to remain indoors. 
•While you are indoors, try to reduce other sources of indoor smoke and dust. Keep windows and doors closed as much as possible. Run an air conditioner, set it to re-circulate and close the fresh-air intake.  Avoid burning cigarettes, candles, gas, propane and wood burning stoves and furnaces.  Avoid broiling or frying food and vacuuming.  
•Reduce time spent outdoors, especially any rigorous activity. If you must go out, set your A/C to recycle or recirculate in your car, to limit your exposure.
•Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water. Frequently check current air quality conditions in your area. Go to http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/ or download the #OregonAir phone app to stay up-to-date on the current air quality
•If you have heart or lung disease or respiratory illnesses such as asthma, follow your health care provider’s advice about prevention and treatment of symptoms.
•If you are feeling sick call your doctor or your local hospital or urgent care clinic. 
•Consider relocating temporarily if smoke is present indoors and is making you ill, and it's not possible to keep indoor air clean or cool, especially if you or those you are caring for are having health problems or are in a sensitive group.  

Level 3 Evacuation Issued for Dry Creek (Photo)

Wed, 09 Sep 2020 19:35:25 PDT

DRY CREEK, Ore. - LEVEL 3 EVACUATION - GO! NOTICE NOW ORDERED FOR ALL HOMES LOCATED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

Level 3 or "GO!" means:

• If you chose not to evacuate, emergency services may not be able to assist you further.

• Grab your "go kit" and leave immediately.

• Follow your evacuation plan and stay informed.

Danger to the evacuated area is current and imminent and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. Do not delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. This will be the last message you receive.

Residents may evacuate to the Douglas County Fairgrounds to seek assistance from the Red Cross.

For more information about the Fire, please visit DFPA's Facebook page or stay tuned to local media outlets.

New Level 2 Notice Issued for Residents on Nonpareil Road (Photo)

Wed, 09 Sep 2020 08:01:03 PDT

SUTHERLIN, Ore. - Level 2 "Be Set" Notice for all residents living on the south side of Nonpareil Road from Plat K Road east to Banks Creek. This includes Fraser Canyon and all other side streets to the east to Banks Creek.

Level 2 or "Be Set" means:

• This level indicates significant danger to your area and are encouraged to leave. If you decide to stay, be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice

• This may be the only notice you receive if conditions worsen

• Supply your "go kit" with all the essentials to last 2 weeks

• Stay connected with emergency information and evacuation routes

• Begin evacuating large animals.

The Sheriff's Office is working closely with county and fire officials and will provide additional details as they become available.

Level 3 Evacuations Ordered for Gassy Creek West to End of Nonpariel Road (Photo)

Wed, 09 Sep 2020 03:06:34 PDT

SUTHERLIN, Ore. - LEVEL 3 EVACUATION - GO! NOTICE NOW ORDERED FOR ALL HOMES LOCATED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

Level 3 or "GO!" means:

• If you chose not to evacuate, emergency services may not be able to assist you further.

• Grab your "go kit" and leave immediately.

• Follow your evacuation plan and stay informed.

Danger to the evacuated area is current and imminent and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. Do not delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. This will be the last message you receive.

Residents may evacuate to the Douglas County Fairgrounds to seek assistance from the Red Cross.

For more information about the Fire, please visit DFPA's Facebook page or stay tuned to local media outlets.

Fire near Diamond Lake Resort Forces Level 3 Evacuations (Photo)

Wed, 09 Sep 2020 01:37:44 PDT

DIAMOND LAKE, Ore. - A Level 3 Evacuation Order has been issued for all homes, cabins, recreation sites and the lodge at Diamond Lake. There is a significant wildfire burning in the area of the lake.

Danger to the area is current or imminent, and residents and visitors should evacuate immediately and without delay via the safest route possible. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be able to assist you further. Do not delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect any home or structure.

This will be the last notice that you receive.

Be advised Highway 138E is currently closed at Dry Creek. Alternate routes may be Highway 230 or Highway 97.

Level 3 Evacuations Ordered for Idleyld Park and Glide

Tue, 08 Sep 2020 22:27:02 PDT

GLIDE, Ore. - LEVEL 3 EVACUATION - GO! NOTICE NOW ORDERED FOR ALL HOMES LOCATED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

Level 3 or "GO!" means:

• If you chose not to evacuate, emergency services may not be able to assist you further.

• Grab your "go kit" and leave immediately.

• Follow your evacuation plan and stay informed.

Danger to the evacuated area is current and imminent and you should evacuate immediately. If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand that emergency services may not be available to assist you further. Do not delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home. This will be the last message you receive.

Residents may evacuate to the Douglas County Fairgrounds to see assistance from the Red Cross.

For more information about the Fire, please visit DFPA's Facebook page or stay tuned to local media outlets.

New Level 3 Evacuations Prompted in Glide (Photo)

Tue, 08 Sep 2020 16:50:19 PDT

GLIDE, Ore. - LEVEL 3 EVACUATION - GO! NOTICE NOW ORDERED FOR ALL HOMES BETWEEN THE GREEN BRIDGE IN GLIDE EAST TO KLAHANIE LANE IN IDLEYLD PARK. THIS INCLUDES ALL ROADS AND RESIDENCES OFF OF THESE AREAS.

Level 3 or "GO!" means:

• If you chose not to evacuate, emergency services may not be able to assist you further.

• Grab your "go kit" and leave immediately.

• Follow your evacuation plan and stay informed.

"We strongly urge residents to leave their homes in the affected area as fire officials have determined there is a significant public safety risk," Sgt. Brad O'Dell said. "The Sheriff's Office is committed to working with the fire management team to ensure public safety. We ask that residents look to official sources to the most current information."

For more information about the Fire, please visit DFPA's Facebook page or stay tuned to local media outlets.

New Level 3 Evacuation Notices Issued (Photo)

Tue, 08 Sep 2020 16:11:51 PDT

GLIDE, Ore. - LEVEL 3 EVACUATION - GO! - NOTICE NOW ORDERED FOR ALL OF LONE ROCK RD, SOUTH LONE ROCK AND BAR L RANCH RD. THIS INCLUDES ALL ROADS AND RESIDENCES OFF OF THESE AREAS.

Level 3 or "GO!" means:

• If you chose not to evacuate, emergency services may not be able to assist you further.

• Grab your "go kit" and leave immediately.

• Follow your evacuation plan and stay informed.

"We strongly urge residents to leave their homes in the affected area as fire officials have determined there is a significant public safety risk," Sgt. Brad O'Dell said. "The Sheriff's Office is committed to working with the fire management team to ensure public safety. We ask that residents look to official sources to the most current information."

For more information about the Fire, please visit DFPA's Facebook page or stay tuned to local media outlets.

Fire on Umpqua National Forest Triggers Level 3 Evacuations (Photo)

Tue, 08 Sep 2020 08:43:27 PDT

IDLEYLD PARK, Ore. - The Sheriff's Office has issued a Level 3 "GO!" Evacuation Notice for all homes on Moore Hill Lane and for all visitors of the Bogus Creek Campground on the Umpqua National Forest. This is in regards to a fire burning on the forest, unrelated to the French Creek Fire. This decision was made in conjunction with fire officials based on an assessment of existing dangers. 

Level 3 or "GO!" means:

• If you choose not to evacuate, emergency services may not be able to assist you further.

• Grab your "go kit" and leave immediately.

• Follow your evacuation plan and stay informed.

For current information, follow official sources. Fire information will be distributed by the US Forest Service - Umpqua National Forest. 

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New Evacuation Notice Issued for French Creek Fire (Photo)

Tue, 08 Sep 2020 07:09:51 PDT

GLIDE, Ore. - The Sheriff's Office has issued the following LEVEL 2  or "BE SET" Evacuation Notice regarding the French Creek Fire. 

All homes between 13767 North Bank Road and 16998 North Bank Road, including all road systems in between the mentioned addresses. 

Level 2 or "Be Set" means:


• This level indicates significant danger to your area and are encouraged to leave. If you decide to stay, be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice


•    This may be the only notice you receive if conditions worsen


•    Supply your "go kit" with all the essentials to last 2 weeks


•    Stay connected with emergency information and evacuation routes


•    Begin evacuating large animals. 

Douglas County Commissioners have made arrangements for residents affected by the fire to board horses at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

All residents along French Creek Road remain in a Level 2 "BE SET" Notice at this time. 

A Level 3 or "GO!" Evacuation Notice for residents living on Single Tree Lane, Rivershore Drive and residents living along North Bank Road between 17225 North Bank Road and the east North Bank Bridge remains in effect.

Level 3 or "GO!" means:

• If you choose not to evacuate, emergency services may not be able to assist you further.

• Grab your "go kit" and leave immediately.

• Follow your evacuation plan and stay informed.

"We strongly urge residents to leave their homes in the affected area as fire officials have determined there is a significant public safety risk," Sgt. Brad O'Dell said. "The Sheriff's Office is committed to working with County Commissions and the fire management team to ensure public safety. We ask that residents look to official sources to the most current information."

For more information about the French Creek Fire, monitor this site, visit DFPA's Facebook page or stay tuned to local media outlets.

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Level 3 Evacuation Notices Now Issued - French Creek Fire (Photo)

Tue, 08 Sep 2020 05:00:48 PDT

GLIDE, Ore. - A Level 3 or "GO!" Evacuation Notice for residents living on Single Tree Lane, Rivershore Drive and residents living along North Bank Road between the west side of Rivershore Drive and the Bridge has now been issued.

Level 3 or "GO!" means:

• If you choose not to evacuate, emergency services may not be able to assist you further.

• Grab your "go kit" and leave immediately.

• Follow your evacuation plan and stay informed.

"We strongly urge residents to leave their homes in the affected area as fire officials have determined there is a significant public safety risk," Sgt. Brad O'Dell said. "The Sheriff's Office is committed to working with the fire management team to ensure public safety. We ask that residents look to official sources to the most current information."

For more information about the French Creek Fire, monitor this site, visit DFPA's Facebook page or stay tuned to local media outlets.

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Level 2 Notices Issued - French Creek Road Fire (Photo)

Tue, 08 Sep 2020 03:58:31 PDT

GLIDE, Ore. - A fire burning on private lands off of French Creek Road has caused the Sheriff's Office, working in conjuction with fire managers, to issue Level 2 "Be Set" notices for residents living on French Creek Road, Single Tree Lane, Rivershore Drive and those living on North Bank Road near Rivershore Drive. 

Level 2 or "Be Set" means:
• This level indicates significant danger to your area and are encouraged to leave. If you decide to stay, be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice
•    This may be the only notice you receive if conditions worsen
•    Supply your "go kit" with all the essentials to last 2 weeks
•    Stay connected with emergency information and evacuation routes
•    Begin evacuating large animals. 

The Sheriff's Office is working closely with county and fire officials and will provide additional details as they become available. 

Red Flag Warning, Fire Danger and Emergency Preparedness (Photo)

Mon, 07 Sep 2020 21:09:17 PDT

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. – Local fire officials and the Douglas County Office of Emergency Management want to strongly advise residents to be aware of the red flag warning, which is in effect for Douglas County from Monday night at 11:00 pm through Wednesday afternoon at 5:00 PM.

Forecasted strong, gusty winds combined with low relative humidity and the already extreme fire danger create a greater risk for wildfires and their significant spread.

“Residents should be aware of the elevated dangers that exist in these conditions,” said Douglas County Emergency Manager Wayne Stinson. “We encourage everyone to refrain from activities which could compound the already dangerous fire conditions”.

Douglas Forest Protective Association spokesman, Kyle Reed, said “The critical fire weather conditions combined with our already dry wildland fuels is a recipe for disaster if a new wildfire occurs.  With these conditions, it only takes one small spark to ignite a dangerous wildfire that can threaten life, property, natural resources and critical infrastructure”.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind every resident of the county to have an evacuation plan as part of their emergency preparedness planning. Emergency preparedness begins before the emergency exists and is the responsibility of every citizen. Information and resources can be found at www.dcso.com/preparedness_N.asp and www.ready.gov

Missing Idleyld Park Man Found Alive (Photo)

Mon, 07 Sep 2020 19:18:49 PDT

** UPDATED RELEASE 09/07/2020 7:15 PM **

IDLEYLD PARK, Ore. - Search and Rescue crews resumed their search this morning for the Idleyld Park man who was reported missing on Sunday evening. At approximately 11:30 am, 911 dispatchers received a report that hunters had located the missing individual, Jack Allen Lawrence, in the mountains outside of Glide near Emile Shelter. The hunters reported they had given Lawrence some food and water before driving to cell service to request help. Once notified, searchers were able to arrive at the location within a short time. 

Deputies learned that Lawrence had gotten his 1990 Toyota pickup high centered on a downed tree on Friday evening (09/04/2020). Lawrence had gotten out of his vehicle, but had fallen approximately 50' over an embankment. Rescue crews were able to extricate Lawrence back to the roadway where he received treatment by EMS. Lawrence was in good condition, but transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center for evaluation. Lawrence's dog, "Trigger" was located unharmed and in good condition in the pickup. 

The Sheriff's Office and the family of Mr. Lawrence wish to express their thanks to everyone who assisted in locating him. The hunters who located him stated they had learned of the search when they had been contacted earlier in the day by Search and Rescue Crews. 

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office was assisted by several citizens, U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement, Glide Fire Department and Umpqua Valley Ambulance. 

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** ORIGINAL RELEASE 09/06/2020 9:00 PM **

IDLEYLD PARK, Ore. - Deputies and Search and Rescue crews are actively searching for a missing Idleyld Park man. 

82 year-old Jack Allen Lawrence was last observed leaving his residence in Idleyld Park on Saturday, September 5, 2020, in a dark blue 1990 Toyota single cab pickup with Oregon Trail license plate 234ADZ. The vehicle has a brush bumper, white bow hunting sticker in the back window and a diamond plate tool box. He will be in the company of a white Pomeranian named "Trigger". 

Deputies report Lawrence is an avid outdoorsman and is known to frequent the following locations: 

Lawrence is reported to have a CB in his vehicle and monitors CB channels 9, 10 and 14. 

He is described as 5'11, 285 lbs, gray hair and blue eyes. He is likely wearing blue jeans, white shoes and possibly has a blue jacket with him. 

The Sheriff's Office asks individuals frequenting the wooded areas of Douglas County to watch for Lawrence or his vehicle and report any possible sightings to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 referencing case number 20-4091.

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REMINDER: Search and Rescue Volunteers Wanted (Photo)

Fri, 04 Sep 2020 16:25:07 PDT

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - The deadline is fast approaching and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office is still seeking dedicated members of the community who are willing to volunteer their time to the Search and Rescue Division.

Under Oregon Law, the Sheriff of each county is tasked with the responsibility of Search and Rescue efforts. In Douglas County that means the Sheriff is responsible for the searching for lost and missing subjects within the 5,000 square miles of the county.

The kind of people we are looking for are motivated individuals willing to give their precious time to help their community. Search and Rescue is not exclusive to any particular type of person or skill set. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is looking for individuals capable of physical tasks ranging from wilderness searching to technical rope rescues, to individuals willing to help prepare meals for search crews, or people who want to help maintain equipment for searchers in the field. If you have the desire, the Sheriff's Office will provide the training, at no cost.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue unit is comprised of members of the community from age 17 to members who are retired.

Here is a list of some of the Search and Rescue disciplines:

More information can be found at http://www.dcso.com/search_and_rescue_N.asp

An "Introduction to Search and Rescue" meeting will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 8:00 AM at the Douglas County Search and Rescue Building, 2586 NE Diamond Lake Blvd – Building #3, Roseburg OR 97470.

Interested in joining? Contact our Search and Rescue Volunteer Coordinator Jerry Applegarth at 541-440-4498 or email jvappleg@co.douglas.or.us

Glendale Man Leads Deputies On Pursuit, K9 Zoro Assists (Photo)

Fri, 28 Aug 2020 10:23:19 PDT

GLENDALE, Ore. - A Glendale man has been lodged in the Douglas County Jail after he lead deputies on a pursuit into the mountains. 

Around 8:00 am on Thursday, August 27, 2020, a deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a blue 2006 Chevy Cobalt on Interstate 5 near milepost 99. The driver, later identified as 39 year-old Jason Edmund Dangerfield, refused to stop and lead deputies on a pursuit into the mountains approximately 5-6 miles NE of Glendale (42.82554861, -123.3011608). Dangerfield fled from the vehicle on foot down an embankment into very steep terrain. 

K9 Zoro arrived on scene and began to search for Dangerfield with deputies. Deputies eventually located Dangerfield approximately 10 feet up a tree. He was transported to the Douglas County Jail where he was lodged on the following charges: 

K9 Zoro, a 2 year-old German Shepherd, has been with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office since September 2019 and was purchased by an anonymous donor in the community. The Sheriff’s K9 program, consisting of three K9 teams, is supported financially by private donations, the Friends of Umpqua Valley Police K9 Programs, a nonprofit organization which holds fundraisers and receives donations from the community. Bailey's Veterinary Clinic provides medical care for the Sheriff's Office K9 program while Coastal Farm and Home Supply provides food. 

The Sheriff's Office was also assisted by the Myrtle Creek Police Department and the Oregon State Police.

Pair Arrested in Glide Thefts (Photo)

Fri, 28 Aug 2020 09:28:45 PDT

GLIDE, Ore. - Deputies made arrests on Thursday related to several thefts in the Glide area. 

Devin Ian Goodman and Alicia Ann Estrada, both 21 year-old (no permanent address), were suspects in two different thefts in the Glide area which had occurred over a 24-hour period. At approximately 12:00 PM on Thursday, August 27, 2020, deputies located the pair in a stolen 1998 Honda Civic on Little River Road near Highway 138E. A traffic stop was initiated near Catherine Avenue where they were taken into custody. 

Both Goodman and Estrada admitted to committing the thefts. They were ultimately arrested and charged with the following: 

Goodman: 

Estrada: 

Both remain lodged in the Douglas County Jail.