Programs and Events For Glide Residents

We’re dedicated to fostering an environment where locals and visitors can come together to celebrate, learn, and grow. Our programs and events are designed to create lasting connections and a sense of belonging for everyone in Glide while supporting economic growth, education, and community spirit.

Archie Creek Fire

In the early hours of Tuesday, September 8th, 9-1-1 dispatchers began receiving calls about a growing wildfire north of the North Umpqua River. What started as a small grass fire quickly exploded into burning over 30,000 acres in just 8 hours. Eastern winds over 40mph blew spots of fire 2-3 miles ahead of the active fire line, making it unpredictable and difficult to contain. The fire was burning over 62.5 acres a minute, jumping rivers and following the wind making it impossible to control.

As this was a wind-driven event, the fire didn’t follow the topography of the region, emergency crews weren’t able to predict its path. Once they saw how quickly the fire was spreading, and how difficult it was to contain, they ordered the entire town of Glide to be evacuated. Residents of Glide fled their homes with no personal belongings.

Community Response

In the midst of the chaos, local residents stepped in to protect Glide. Community members from construction, ranching, farming, logging, and other industries took their personal equipment and tools toward the fire to defend the town. They were bolstered by local fire agencies from Roseburg, Kellog, North Douglas, Sutherlin, Elkton, Oakland, Tenmile, Camas Valley, Riddle, Tri-City, Fire District 2, and many more. Without this response, Glide would have been lost.

Nearby communities opened their homes, and for over a week local churches and businesses provided food to the displaced residents and agency firefighters while they waited for a camp to be established. The entire community united, turning local buildings and parking lots into temporary RV sites, ensuring everyone had access to meals and restrooms.

Glide Revitalization Evolves

Meanwhile, Glide Revitalization worked behind the scenes, coordinating relief efforts and providing essential support to fire survivors. We focused on getting everyone to safety, found safe places for animals, coordinated volunteers, and found motels that would house people.

To stay organized, we began categorizing names and documenting losses while assisting in the retrieval of birth certificates and IDs. This was the beginning of what would become our casework for survivors. The initial intake list had almost 300 names, all organized by local volunteers.

The Archie Creek fire burned for 54 days destroying over 109 structures and burning over 131,000 acres of forest. Fortunately, no lives were lost due to the fire.

While the town struggled in the weeks following the fire, Glide Revitalization continued to be a lifeline to the community. We secured grant money for several local businesses to help make up for lost revenue and secured a contract through the Oregon Department of Human Services to provide casework for the survivors.

Knowing the recovery would take years, we worked to form our Long Term Recovery Group and received funding from the Ford Family Foundation along with private donations of over $235,000. This funding was distributed to fire survivors as needed to help the community rebuild.

Glide Sasquatch Festival

Saturday, July 20, 2024  |  12pm-9pm  |  Glide, Oregon

The Glide Sasquatch Festival is a celebration of community spirit and the mysterious allure of the legendary Sasquatch! This annual festival brings together locals and visitors for a day of music, food, arts and crafts, and of course, Sasquatch-themed fun. From live performances by talented musicians to Sasquatch-themed art installations and merchandise, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re a long-time believer in the existence of Sasquatch or simply looking for a day of family-friendly entertainment, the Glide Sasquatch Festival promises an unforgettable experience for all who attend.

Summer Family Movie Nights

June and August  | Glide Rec Fields
Movies begin at dusk | Free for all ages

Grab your coziest blanket and comfiest lawn chair and join us this summer for our outdoor family movie nights! We’ll be showing a variety of family-friendly movies on our 50-foot blow-up movie screen. Glide Revitalization loves to bring the community together and what better way than a fun family movie under the stars!

Concessions are available for purchase. All profits from concessions go right back into our movie budget so we can continue hosting the event!

Showtimes for 2024:

  • June 6: The Sandlot
  • August 8: To be announced

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