Anyone that has spent some time swinging flies for steelhead in the Pacific Northwest has probably heard the story of Frank and Jeanne Moore. The couple’s hard work and dedication led to the protection of one of the last wild summer steelhead runs in Oregon. The couple’s beloved North Umpqua River Valley lit up in flames on Tuesday morning, as wildfires ravaged across the west.
The Archie Creek Fire prompted an immediate evacuation for Frank and Jeanne who are in their mid-nineties. Leaving their home near Idleyld Park, Frank and Jeanne evacuated to Roseburg.
In an article from The News Review, “The fate of Frank and Jeanne Moore’s home near Idleyld Park remained unknown Wednesday afternoon. Also uncertain were the fate of his World War II medals and decades of memorabilia, and the state of the steelhead sanctuary along the North Umpqua River that bears their name. Despite all that, the couple, now in their mid-90s and married for 77 years, maintained their characteristic positive outlook on life Wednesday. Frank Moore said they took practically nothing with them, but he’s not too worried about their home or anything in it, because he has his wife Jeanne with him. “I have the treasure with me. That’s my treasure,” he said.” Check out the full article here, “Frank and Jeanne Moore don’t know yet what they’ve lost to the fire, but have what they treasure most.”
As of today, the Archie Creek Fire has grown to 116,000 acres with 0% containment. Across Oregon more than 800,000 acres have burned this week, the annual average is around 500,000 acres.
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