In what is reminiscent of the mid to late 1980’s, log trucks and personnel carriers are running in caravans up and down the North Umpqua River corridor in Douglas County Oregon. They are not harvesting trees from the forest, but instead are working tirelessly to salvage as much wildfire damaged timber as possible. More than 60,000 acres of private timberland and other land projected to harvest were damaged by the sequence of fires which came to be known as the Archie Creek Fire, which is by far the largest wildfire in the county’s history. Millions of board feet of timber were affected when the Archie Creek Fire erupted on Sept. 8, and the equipment being used to salvage what is left represents what remains from the millions of dollars in equipment that was not lost.
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Archie's impact on timber industry already being felt