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Tyee Ridge Complex Grows to Over 1,500 Acres, 109 Structures Threatened

5:42 AM · Aug 27, 2023

The Tyee Ridge Complex fire continued it's growth today and is now over 1,500 acres with 0% containment. No homes have been reportedly lost but the fire has now crossed Hubbard Creek Road. There are 109 structures that are threatened in the area. To allow local resources to focus on new fire starts, management of the Complex was assigned at 6 p.m. this evening to Oregon Department of Forestry Team 1, which is in Unified Command with the Oregon State Fire Marshal Red Team. OSFM is protecting threatened structures, while ODF resources are working on building fire lines and slowing the forward spread of the fire. Firefighters and equipment have been arriving all day from around Oregon to the Tyee Ridge Complex, made up of 19 wildfires burning in NW Douglas County. Overnight tonight, the teams will work on the main fires of Rattlesnake Ridge, Lighthouse 3 and 4, and Cougar Creek 1. Douglas Forest Protective Association and Douglas County Fire District 2 personnel, along with ODF aerial resources, have been fighting the fires since they started on Thursday. With the Conflagration declaration by Gov. Tina Kotek, the Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) IMT Red Team arrived today with five structural task forces from Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Washington counties, as well as central Oregon. Priorities are being placed on structural protection and triage. Firefighters are going door-to-door, evaluating each property and working on any that need to be made safer for our firefighters to protect. The five task forces are split into a day shift with three task forces and a night shift with two. Current Evacuation Orders: A Level 3 (Go Now!) evacuation order is in effect for the 11000 block of Hubbard Creek Rd. to Millwood Drive. A Level 2 (Be Set) is in effect on Hubbard Creek Rd. from the Millwood intersection to Melqua Rd. Douglas County Sheriff's Office issued an additional wildfire emergency alert today for all residences on Lighthouse Road in Tyee to be at LEVEL 2 - BE SET to evacuate. This means there is significant danger in the area; be ready to leave right away. Important Instructions: Don’t wait to evacuate. If you feel unsafe, leave immediately. When you do leave, follow your emergency plan. Grab your go-kit of essential supplies for health, safety, and identification and relocate to a safe place. View evacuation information map at Douglas County Sheriff's Office Evacuation Page. Community Meeting Scheduled: The Tyee Ridge Complex management teams will be holding a community meeting on Monday, August 28, 2023, at 7 p.m. Location: Roseburg Country Club, 5051 Garden Valley Road, Roseburg Photos via Kitty Dake


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