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Posted on: September 1, 2023

[ARCHIVED] 2023 Wildfire Information Update - September 1, 2023

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LOCAL WILDFIRE UPDATE - INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

UPDATE: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2023

 

On behalf of the Douglas County Commissioners, in conjunction with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Wildfire agencies and partners we will be sharing periodic local wildfire information and resources.

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY WILDFIRE EVACUATION INFORMATION

Local wildfire evacuations are managed and administered by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO).  If you have questions, please contact DCSO at (541) 440-4463.   Please monitor the interactive evacuation map at www.dcso.com/evacuations for the most up-to-date information.   Please see updated evacuation orders as of 12:00 pm on Friday, September 1, 2023.

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY WILDFIRE INFORMATION MAP 

https://dcor.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=c1c9e876f2ed4e1fbfb2eae280b7c57c 

 

EMERGENCY ALERTS

All Douglas County residents are encouraged to sign up for emergency notifications through Douglas County Citizen Alert System at www.dcso.com/alerts. This system will be used to notify residents in an emergency.

 

A FRIENDLY REMINDER ABOUT WILDFIRE SAFETY

  1. Be prepared and continue to monitor evacuation reports from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at Https://www.dcso.com/EVACUATIONS  
  2. Evacuate if there is an order from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.
  3. Monitor air quality reports on sites such as AirNow or Oregon Air. https://www.airnow.gov/?city=Roseburg&state=OR&country=USA
  4. Stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed, run your air conditioner and air filtration systems if you have them.
  5. Limit outdoor activities.
  6. If you are experiencing severe breathing problems or other medical issues, contact your physician or seek care at a local Urgent Care Clinic or for more urgent medical matters call 9-1-1 or go right away to an emergency department at a hospital.

 

AIR QUALITY INFORMATION

Due to wildfires in our area, we are experiencing a high volume of smoke in the air.  The air quality index (AQI) has been fluctuating between unhealthy to very unhealthy to hazardous range in the past few days.  Currently it sits at an AQI of 26 (Good) as of 1:00 pm today, Friday, September 1, 2023.   Please continue to monitor air quality throughout the day, as it can change quickly.  If it reaches unhealthy range or above everyone should try to limit physical outdoor activities, especially those with heart or lung disease, older adults, children, and teens.  For more information about smoke levels check out Air Now. https://www.airnow.gov/?city=Roseburg&state=OR&country=USA

 

For unhealthy, very unhealthy and hazardous air quality levels.

Precautions for inside:

  • Stay indoors and keep your doors and windows closed (unless instructed otherwise). 
  • Run an air conditioner if you have one but keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside. 
  • If you have a forced air furnace, set the fan to run continuously instead of 'auto'.   Check your filter and change it if needed. Use a filter with the highest MERV value that works with your system.
  • Use fans in each room to help move the air in your house. 
  • Avoid cooking foods that generate smoke (broil, frying, and similar).
  • Do not vacuum as this can stir up a lot of particulates.
  • Avoid using gas stoves as they contribute to indoor air pollution.
  • Do not burn anything in the house, such as wood, natural gas fireplace, or candles.

Precautions if you must drive a motor vehicle:

  • Keep the windows up, if possible.
  • Maximize the air quality by selecting the ‘recirculate air’ option.

Precautions for those with respiratory conditions:

  • Use your long-term control medications (like Alvesco or Advair) as prescribed.
  • Use “quick relief” inhalers to help with shortness of breath.
  • If you have oxygen, use it if you have difficulty breathing.
  • If you have a heart condition, COPD or Asthma, monitor for worsening symptoms such as trouble breathing, shortness of breath, a cough that won't stop, or other symptoms that do not go away.   If issues worsen contact your physician or seek care at a local Urgent Clinic or call 9-1-1 or go right away to an emergency department if it is a medical emergency.

 

For a DIY indoor air filter check out a video from our own Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, Douglas County Public Health Officer, on how to assemble here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCILKr3E8ss 

 

Find detailed written instructions on assembling a DIY filter in  , Umpqua Prepared which can be found at: https://douglaspublichealthnetwork.org/emergency-preparedness/?fbclid=IwAR23NgNdpyikUykJymT-SiffgF_KWINjyXmZcTSXD6wvLwpLkaXS1ivf1GM

 

OHA also has some good information and a FAQ on wildfire smoke and health here: 

https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/Preparedness/Prepare/Documents/OHA%208626%20Wildfire%20FAQs-v6c.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3ABsXSvCNbqaoWThQSsOYuU7tQBxjVYqpZHqavwx5gEMX2yQbivuYC_ZA

 

TYEE RIDGE COMPLEX WILDFIRE

 

TYEE RIDGE FACEBOOK PAGE & CONTACT INFORMATION

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident-information/or75s-tyee-ridge-complex  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tyeeridgecomplex

Phone: (541) 625-0328

Email: tyee.ridge.information@gmail.com 

#tyeeridgecomplexfire 

 tyee ridge QR code

Currently managed by:

Oregon Department of Forestry Team 1

Joe Hassel, Incident Commander

Oregon State Fire Marshal Red Team

Ian Yocum, Incident Commander

 

COOPERATORS/PARTNERS

Douglas County Government

Douglas County Board of Commissioners

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

Douglas County Emergency Management

Douglas County Public Works

Douglas Forest Protective Association

Douglas County Search & Rescue Volunteers

Oregon Department of Forestry

Oregon State Fire Marshal

 

DETAILS

Size: 6,674 acres

Containment: 8%

Location: Douglas County, Oregon 

Start Date: August 24, 2023

Cause: Lightning

Personnel: 1,537

Air Resources: Helicopters – 17

Evacuations: See below from DCSO

Closures: Hubbard Creek Road at Millwood Drive.  Please avoid this area. Roseburg BLM has issued an area closure and map (see below)

Structures Threatened: 164

Structures Destroyed: 0

Air Quality: Expected air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups. Potential for improvement exists with the onset of north winds in the next few days.

 

𝗔𝗟𝗟 𝗖𝗨𝗥𝗥𝗘𝗡𝗧 𝗘𝗩𝗔𝗖𝗨𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗧𝗬𝗘𝗘 𝗥𝗜𝗗𝗚𝗘 𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗣𝗟𝗘𝗫 𝗙𝗜𝗥𝗘

Evacuations are managed and administered by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO). If you have questions, please contact DCSO at (541) 440-4463.  Please monitor the interactive evacuation map at www.dcso.com/evacuations for the most up-to-date information.

 

GREAT NEWS ANNUONCED FROM DCSO

LEVEL 3 - GO NOW! 

All Level 3 – Go Now! Evacuation notices have been downgraded by DCSO as of 12:00 pm on Friday, September 1, 2023.  There are currently no Level 3 – Go Now! orders in place.  

 

LEVEL 2 - BE SET!

  • 11000 block of Hubbard Creek Rd to the intersection of Millwood Drive. This includes all homes between these two points and all homes on Millwood Drive. 
  • All Homes on Briarwood Road
  • The address of 4900 Hubbard Creek Road
  • All Homes on Lighthouse Road
  • 4800 block of Hubbard Creek Road to the intersection of Hubbard Creek Road and Melqua Road. This includes all residences in between these points. 
  • 4100 block of Tyee Road to the 6700 block of Tyee Road. This includes all homes between these two points and Wapiti Lane.

 

Level 2 - BE SET TO EVACUATE MEANS 

There is significant danger in your area - be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.  

  • Time to act - follow your emergency plan. Grab your go-kit of essential supplies for health, safety, and identification.
  • View the interactive evacuation map at www.dcso.com/evacuations
  • Use www.TripCheck.com or call 511 for the latest road closure information.
  • Relocate to a safe place outside of the affected area. Inform loved ones of your plans.
  • Stay informed and be alert. Continue to check for updates through local city and county websites, social media, TV, and radio.

 

This may be the only notice you receive. Don’t wait to evacuate if you feel unsafe. Conditions can change rapidly. You do not need to wait for another evacuation notice. Make the best decision for your safety.

 

Level 1 - BE READY!

Be ready to evacuate from the following areas: 

  • All homes on Tyee Road starting at Fanchin Lane to the 4000 block. This includes all residences in between these points, including Fanchin Lane.
  • All homes on Tyee Road from the 8000 block to the 9300 block. This includes all homes between these points.
  • All residences on De Costa Lane and all residences on Hidden Meadows Lane to the intersection with Cole Road.
  • Level 1 - BE READY to evacuate means:

 

Level 1 - BE READY TO EVACUATE MEANS 

  • Be aware of danger in your area and stay informed. 
  • Check local city and county websites, social media, TV, and radio for updates. 
  • View and monitor the interactive evacuation map at www.dcso.com/evacuations
  • Make plans and prepare to evacuate. Gather necessary supplies for health, safety, and identification.
  • Act early if you are older, have children, disabilities, or limited access to transportation. 
  • Consider moving pets and livestock early.
  • Plan possible evacuation routes. Use www.TripCheck.com or call 511 for the latest road closure information.
  • If you can do so safely, check with your neighbors and share information. Ask for help if you need it. Offer help if you can give it.

 

This may be the only notice you receive. Don’t wait to evacuate if you feel unsafe. If conditions change, you may receive a Level 2 - BE SET or Level 3 - GO NOW evacuation notice. You do not need to wait for another evacuation notice. Make the best decision for your safety.

 

SAFETY INFORMATION FOR RETURNING RESIDENTS:

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 increased fire behavior, 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:

  • TRAFFIC: Firefighters are NOT used to having the Hubbard Creek Road beyond Briarwood Road open to public use. PLEASE drive slowly for their safety and yours. Firefighting equipment, large equipment and personnel should be expected in the roadway. Patrol deputies will be enforcing reduced speed limits in the area.
  • Reduced visibility due to smoke and dust should be expected. 
  • BURNED TREES: Trees that have been burned are now very weak.  Do not park or stand under burned trees.
  • GREEN TREES: Even green healthy-looking trees can have their roots burned which can make them fall.

 

LOOK DOWN:

  • SEPTIC TANKS / CULVERTS:  The fire can burn underground septic tanks and culverts, but they can look “normal” above ground.  Be careful when walking as the ground over these can be weakened and you could fall through.  DO NOT PARK OVER SEPTIC SYSTEMS.
  • DOWNED WIRES:  Power lines should be de-energized.  Still be careful as they can get tangled in vehicles. 
  • SMOKING / SMOLDERING MATERIAL:  Logs, stumps, and other burned material in the fire may still be soldering or burning. Watch for ash pits or holes created by burned trees and debris. These can be filled with hot ash that can be dangerous to persons or animals.

 

LOOK AROUND:

  • FIRES: Fires may flare up without warning. Should you see flame or heavy smoke, do not assume that fire authorities are aware it. Residents will likely observe hot spots or smoke when returning.  
  • WIND: If the wind increases this can bring trees and branches down.  Wind can also increase the movement of the fire.   If it gets windy, you should leave the area. 
  • RAIN:   Heavy rainfall can cause rocks, logs, dirt and other debris to slide down hillsides.
  • WILD ANIMALS:  Animals may be showing unusual behavior.  They have been displaced, too, and could be looking for food or water.
  • PERSONAL SAFETY: Your house and yard may be covered in ash.  There may still be live embers present. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt or a jacket, and boots. Wearing a dust mask will be especially important. 

 

Smoke levels can be at hazardous levels, specifically near the fires edge. The fire management team will be posting daily smoke reports to their Tyee Complex Facebook page.

 

𝗛𝗨𝗕𝗕𝗔𝗥𝗗 𝗖𝗥𝗘𝗘𝗞 𝗥𝗢𝗔𝗗 𝗖𝗟𝗢𝗦𝗨𝗥𝗘 & BLM CLOSURE

A road closure continues for Hubbard Creek Road at Briarwood Road to the general public. ONLY Residents who can show proof of residency beyond the closure will be permitted through the area, but expect delays and slow moving traffic.

 

Community members are encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel near the area for firefighter and public safety. If travel is necessary, please reduce speeds and be aware of personnel, vehicles, and equipment in or around the roadway.  Please obey all road closure signs and postings.

 

 

𝗥𝗘𝗗 𝗖𝗥𝗢𝗦𝗦 𝗦𝗛𝗘𝗟𝗧𝗘𝗥 – CLOSING SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2023 AT 12 PM

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS SHELTER LOCATED AT THE WAY CHURCH OF SUTHERLIN FOR THOSE DISPLACED BY THE TYEE RIDGE COMPLEX WILL BE CLOSING AT NOON ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2023. 

 

Anyone impacted by the fire who has unmet needs may contact Emergency Manager Emily Ring through the Douglas County Dispatch Center at (541) 440-4471.

 

ANIMAL SHELTERS REMAIN AVAILABLE TO IMPACTED RESIDENTS

Please coordinate all animal relocations with the Douglas County Animal Control by calling (541) 440-4471.  Animal Control Deputies will coordinate with residents prior to animal sheltering.

 

Livestock and large animals may be sheltered at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Complex at 2110 Frear Street in Roseburg – (541) 957-7010 or Sutherlin Rodeo Grounds at 1045 Southside Road in Sutherlin – (541) 672-4882.

 

Companion animals may be sheltered at Saving Grace Animal Shelter at 450 Old Del Rio Road in Roseburg – (541) 672-3907.

 

𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗠𝗨𝗡𝗜𝗧𝗬 𝗠𝗘𝗘𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗚

The Tyee Ridge Complex management team hosted a community meeting on Monday, August 28, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. at the Roseburg Country.   Representatives from the Douglas Forest Protective Association, Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State Fire Marshal, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Emergency Management, Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network were on hand to answer any questions. You can view the livestream video on the Tyee Ridge Complex Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/tyeeridgecomplex

 

CHILCOOT COMPLEX WILDFIRE

 

CHILCOOT FACEBOOK PAGE & CONTACT INFORMATION

InciWeb: https://inciweb.wildfire.gov/incident-information/2023-chilcoot-fire-unf

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61550481586772  

Twitter: https://twitter.com/UmpquaNF  

Email: brittany.burnett@usda.gov

Phone: (541) 957-3200

 

Currently unified command with:

California Incident Management Team 12

JT Sohr, Operations Section Chief

US Forest Service, Umpqua National Forest

Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA)

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)

 

COOPERATORS/PARTNERS

Douglas County Government

Douglas County Board of Commissioners

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

Douglas County Emergency Management

Douglas County Public Works

Douglas Forest Protective Association

U.S. Forest Service – Umpqua National Forest

BLM – Oregon & Washington

Oregon Department of Forestry

Oregon State Fire Marshal

 

DETAILS

Size: 1,656 acres

Containment: 0%

Location: Douglas County, Oregon – Umpqua National Forest - 3806 Road

Start Date: August 24, 2023

Cause: Lightning

Personnel: 400 (Between the Chilcoot and Ridge Fires)

 

EVACUATIONS

No current evacuations

 

CLOSURES

 

 

 

𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗠𝗨𝗡𝗜𝗧𝗬 𝗠𝗘𝗘𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗚

The Chilcoot and Oregon Ridge management team hosted a Community Meeting on Wednesday, August 30, 2023, at 7:00 pm for both the Chilcoot and Oregon Ridge Fires. The meeting was held at the Glide Revitalization Center at 125 Wild Thyme Lane in Glide (behind the Dental office). Representatives from the California Incident Management Team 12, U.S. Forest Service – Umpqua National Forest, Oregon State Fire Marshal, Douglas Forest Protective Association, Oregon Department of Forestry, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Emergency Management, Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network were on hand to answer any questions. You can view the livestream video on the Chilcoot Fire Information Facebook page at Chilcoot and Ridge Community Meeting Event Page.

 

OREGON RIDGE WILDFIRE

 

OREGON RIDGE FACEBOOK PAGE & CONTACT INFORMATION

InciWeb Ridge Fire: https://inciweb.wildfire.gov/incident-information/orupf-2023-ridge-fire-unf

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61550774488025

Twitter: https://twitter.com/UmpquaNF  

Email: brittany.burnett@usda.gov

Phone: (541) 957-3200

 

Currently unified command with:

California Incident Management Team 12

JT Sohr, Operations Section Chief

US Forest Service, Umpqua National Forest

Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA)

Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)

 

COOPERATORS/PARTNERS 

Douglas County Government

Douglas County Board of Commissioners

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

Douglas County Emergency Management

Douglas County Public Works

Douglas Forest Protective Association

U.S. Forest Service – Umpqua National Forest

BLM – Oregon & Washington

Oregon Department of Forestry

Oregon State Fire Marshal

 

DETAILS

Size: 236 acres

Containment: 23%

Location: Douglas County, Oregon – Umpqua National Forest - Boulder Creek Wilderness

Start Date: August 24, 2023

Cause: Lightning

Personnel: 400 (Between the Chilcoot and Ridge Fires)

 

EVACUATIONS

No current evacuations

 

CLOSURES

 

 

 

𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗠𝗨𝗡𝗜𝗧𝗬 𝗠𝗘𝗘𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗚

The Chilcoot and Oregon Ridge management team hosted a Community Meeting on Wednesday, August 30, 2023, at 7:00 pm for both the Chilcoot and Oregon Ridge Fires. The meeting was held at the Glide Revitalization Center at 125 Wild Thyme Lane in Glide (behind the Dental office). Representatives from the California Incident Management Team 12, U.S. Forest Service – Umpqua National Forest, Oregon State Fire Marshal, Douglas Forest Protective Association, Oregon Department of Forestry, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Emergency Management, Douglas County Public Health Officer and Douglas Public Health Network were on hand to answer any questions. You can view the livestream video on the Chilcoot Fire Information Facebook page at Chilcoot and Ridge Community Meeting Event Page.

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