LOCAL WILDFIRE UPDATE - INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
UPDATE: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 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 the most current evacuation orders as of 12:00 pm on Friday, September 1, 2023.
DOUGLAS COUNTY WILDFIRE INFORMATION MAP
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
AIR QUALITY INFORMATION
Due to wildfires in our area, we have been experiencing a high volume of smoke in our area. The air quality index (AQI) has been fluctuating between unhealthy to very unhealthy to hazardous range in the past week. Currently it sits at an AQI of 60 (Moderate) as of 3:00 pm today, Thursday, September 7, 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:
Precautions if you must drive a motor vehicle:
Precautions for those with respiratory conditions:
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:
TYEE RIDGE COMPLEX WILDFIRE
TYEE RIDGE FACEBOOK PAGE & CONTACT INFORMATION
Phone: (541) 625-0328
Currently managed by:
Oregon Department of Forestry Team 1
Joe Hassel, Incident Commander
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
Size: 7,445 acres
Location: Douglas County, Oregon
Start Date: August 24, 2023
Air Resources: Helicopters – 10
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: 178
Structures Destroyed: 0
Air Quality: Expected air quality is generally good. Potential for slight increase in the evening hours.
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.
LEVEL 3 - GO NOW!
All Level 3 – Go Now! Evacuation notices were downgraded by DCSO on Friday, September 1, 2023. There are currently no Level 3 – Go Now! orders in place.
LEVEL 2 - BE SET!
Level 2 - BE SET TO EVACUATE MEANS
There is significant danger in your area - be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.
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:
Level 1 - BE READY TO EVACUATE MEANS
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 FROM DCSO 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:
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.
A Closure Order has been issued by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) EMERGENCY CLOSURE ORDER
𝗥𝗘𝗗 𝗖𝗥𝗢𝗦𝗦 𝗦𝗛𝗘𝗟𝗧𝗘𝗥 – CLOSED 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 CLOSED AT NOON ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2023.
Anyone impacted by the fire who has unmet needs may contact the Dougals County 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 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.
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
THANK YOU 𝗢𝗦𝗙𝗠!
Douglas County was significantly impacted by a large weather event on August 24, 2023, when several lightning strikes resulted in 19 wildfires in NW Douglas County now known as the Tyee Ridge Complex Fires.
The Douglas County Commissioners would like to extend their sincere appreciation for the amazing work done by the Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM), Mariana Ruiz-Temple, OSFM Red Team Incident Commander, Ian Yocum and OSFM structural task forces that responded to the Tyee Ridge Complex Fires in Douglas County in late August/September this year. The OSFM Red Team & additional OSFM Structural Task Forces arrived following a conflagration declaration made by the state after Douglas County Fire District #2 Chief, Rob Bullock and the Douglas County Board of Commissioners submitted an urgent request to OSFM for additional structural fire crews and equipment. OSFM showed up prepared to vigorously protect homes and vital infrastructure in our county with a contingent of 51 structural fire agencies who brought equipment, apparatus, and firefighters from across the state. It’s important to understand that the OSFM structural task force is brought in specifically to protect homes and structures during large scale wildfire conflagration events.
(Photo credit Commissioner T. Freeman/Douglas County Government )
OSFM Red Team has been working with the Oregon Department of Forestry - Team 1 (ODF) in a Unified Command structure battling the Tyee Ridge Complex Fires since August 25, 2023. ODF Incident Commander, Joe Hessel and his fire crews have been and continue to work on building and maintaining fire lines, suppression, and slowing the forward progression of the fire, while OSFM concentrated their efforts on protecting threatened structures. Having accomplished their task of significantly reducing the fire threat for 164 structures in the Tyee Ridge area, OSFM Red Team and OSFM Structural Task Forces were able to return to their home bases on Sunday, September 3, 2023, while ODF – Team 1 continues to battle the Tyee Ridge Complex Fires. If the fire danger to these homes and structures increases, we can always request that the OSFM Structural Task Force return. In light of OSFM leaving, ODF Team 1 Incident Commander, Joe Hessel brought in additional crews to continue to monitor and manage structural protection. Big shout out to ODF Team 1 for the great job they are doing in battling this fire.
OSFM worked collaboratively with the Douglas County Commissioners, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas Forest Protective Association, Douglas County Fire District #2, Douglas County Emergency Management and Douglas County Public Works to coordinate critical decision making and ensure that there was no loss of life or structures while they were working on the Tyee Ridge Complex Fires. We are most thankful for this result. Following OSFM’s departure we received the attached letter of thanks from OSFM Red Team Incident Commander, Ian Yocum.
As of last night, Wednesday, September 6, 2023, the Tyee Ridge Complex Fire is 7,445 acres and 38% contained. For more information and the latest updates on the Tyee Ridge Complex Fires, log onto: Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/inciden.../or75s-tyee-ridge-complex or Facebook: www.facebook.com/tyeeridgecomplex
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners expressed their gratitude to OSFM at the Weekly Business Meeting on Wednesday, September 5, 2023. You can watch the video of the meeting at https://video.ibm.com/recorded/133019995 or check it out on the Douglas County Government website at https://douglascountyor.gov/
Thank you again OSFM for a job well done!
CHILCOOT COMPLEX WILDFIRE – Umpqua National Forest
CHILCOOT FACEBOOK PAGE & CONTACT INFORMATION
The Chilcoot & Oregon Ridge Complex Fires combined their Facebook pages into the Chilcoot and Ridge Fires 2023 on Sunday, September 3, 2023.
Hours: 8 AM - 7 PM
Currently unified command with:
Northwest Incident Management Team 12
Jeff Dimke – Incident Commander
Bobby Shindelar - Deputy IC
Jeff Bouschor - IC-TUS
Forest Service, Umpqua National Forest
Douglas Forest Protective Association (DFPA)
Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)
U.S. Forest Service – Umpqua National Forest
BLM – Oregon & Washington
Oregon State Fire Marshal
Size: 1,777 acres
Location: Douglas County, Oregon – Umpqua National Forest - 3806 Road
Personnel: 691 (Between the Chilcoot & Oregon Ridge Fires)
Total Resources: 22 engines; 20 crews; 6 helicopters; 15 heavy equipment; 10 water tenders
No current evacuations
Meeting #1: 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.
Meeting #2: Join Northwest Incident Management Team 12 for a virtual community meeting on September 7, 2023, at 7:30 PM. Fire personnel will discuss fire activity and suppression operations on the Umpqua National Forest's Chilcoot, Ridge, Brice Creek, Dinner, and Grizzly Fires. They will also be available for 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 – Umpqua National Forest
OREGON RIDGE FACEBOOK PAGE & CONTACT INFORMATION
InciWeb Ridge Fire: https://inciweb.wildfire.gov/incident-information/orupf-2023-ridge-fire-unf
Size: 239 acres
Location: Douglas County, Oregon – Umpqua National Forest - Boulder Creek Wilderness
Start Date: August 25, 2023
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.