We know that fires frequently occur, and yet no one seems to think they will be the victim of a fire. However, hundreds of people are victimized by fire every year in this country. There are some precautions we can all take to reduce the risk of our becoming the victim of a fire. The following tips are found in the 2015 Emergency Management calendar which can be downloaded from the Emergency Management website at http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/emergency management and clicking on Documents under the Resource Center.
Protect your home from wildfire
• Create a 30-foot non-combustible defensible space around your home. Stack firewood away from the home.
• Trim branches along driveways so that they are 14 feet off the ground, 14 feet from other surfaces and 10 feet from the roof and power lines.
• Use non-combustible roofing materials. Keep gutters free from debris and screen vents under eaves and decks.
• Keep yards watered and mowed. Plant low-growing, less-flammable plants near homes.
• Post your address in a location that is visible from all directions for at least 150 feet.
• Call before you go – Call your local forestry or fire district to learn if there any current campfire restrictions.
• Select the right spot – Maintained campgrounds with established fire pits. If campfires are allowed outside campgrounds, avoid areas near your tent, structures, vehicles, shrubs and trees, and be aware of low-hanging branches overhead.
• Clear the site down to soil, at least five feet on all sides, and circle your campfire site with rocks.
• Keep your campfire small.
• NEVER use gasoline
• Always have water and fire tools on site – Have a shovel and a bucket of water nearby to extinguish any escaped embers.
• Remember when you leave drown all embers with water, stir the coals and drown again until it is DEAD OUT.
For more information and tips, visit our web site at http://www.lincolncountysheriff.net and on your Smartphone via the “MobilePatrol” app and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.
By Kiera Morgan
By Kiera Morgan
Crews working on Elk City Road fire. (photo by Brett Nixon)
At about 11:20 pm Wednesday night (7/29) Toledo fire crews were toned out to a report of a fire off of Yasek Loop in Toledo. A tree fell against some power lines taking three of them out. This is what caused the power outage Wednesday night. Firefighters from Toledo and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) arrived on scene to put the fire out before it could spread.
According to Toledo Fire Chief Will Ewing the fire behavior was extreme and was an aggressive fire because of the current dry conditions. He said it was also a challenge because of the power outage as they had limited lighting to work with. He said Central Lincoln PUD was on scene very quickly to remove the lines so the fire crews could get their equipment up and put the fire out. Ewing said this fire was a challenge as it was up a hill with a lot of brush. Some firefighters even got stung by bees. Once the fire was extinguished PUD was able to restore power around 4am. Continue reading
New mapping and analyses offer better-than-ever scientific understanding of Oregon’s coastal flood hazards. The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) has released new coastal flood hazard studies for Clatsop, Tillamook, Lincoln and Curry counties. These studies include detailed hazard zones developed for the open coast using new coastal engineering analyses, decades of ocean wave and water level data, refined modeling approaches, and technology – including use of high-resolution lidar data.
“These reports offer state-of-the-art coastal engineering science,” says Jonathan Allan, DOGAMI coastal geomorphologist. “The information is critical not only for further study, but for local, state and federal mitigation planning, risk analysis and disaster response to 1-percent-annual-probability, or 100-year, extreme storm events.”
The work included mapping the geomorphology of the coast, assessing recent and historical patterns of coastal change, field measurements of beaches and bluffs, and new bathymetric surveys of the surf. Oregon State University investigator Peter Ruggiero, a key technical partner, led the wave modeling and the bathymetric surveying campaigns. Continue reading
On July 31, 2015 just after 7:00AM, OSP troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a passenger vehicle versus a commercial vehicle on Highway 101 just south of Lincoln City. Preliminary information revealed a 2007 Kenworth dump truck loaded with gravel, operated by 42-year old Matthew Nelson of Lincoln City, turned north onto Highway 101 near milepost 121.
As the truck was accelerating, a northbound 2007 Saturn sedan collided with the back of it at highway speeds. Upon emergency crews arriving they found the operator of the Saturn, 53-year old Martin Sample, of Lincoln City deceased. Nelson was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation.
Initial investigation revealed there were no skid marks from Sample’s vehicle. It appeared he made no attempts stop or to steer around the truck. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Depoe Bay Fire Department. This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.
Information and photos provided by OSP
As the heat returns to the region this week, fire managers are once again spreading the word of caution in efforts to prevent human-caused fires. As fire season hits full stride, the chances of fires starting and spreading rapidly are of grave concern. According to Brett Nixon with the Oregon Department of Forestry office in Toledo, we have to be careful here on the coast as well.
He said on July 18th they responded to a fire off of Elk City road that burned over 6-acres. He said they had to suppress the fire using a helicopter and received help from Toledo Fire. The fire is currently under investigation. Nixon said another thing need to be watchful of is the wind. “East winds can be especially dangerous as they bring the warm air in from the valley.” Nixon added “That is a concern for fire fighters as that warmer wind creates erratic fire behavior and dries fuels out more quickly.”
This is the time for all Oregonians and visitors to be extremely aware of fire danger. One wrong move with power equipment, a cigarette, or any open flame can spell trouble. Oregon State Forester Doug Decker said the benefit of any recent moisture we’ve received has now evaporated. Campfires are only allowed in designated campgrounds on public lands and prohibited entirely on all private lands under ODF’s protection.
Should a fire occur close to communities, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is urging homeowners to be prepared in case an evacuation is necessary. Residents need to prepare now in case they have to leave their home, Walker advised to make sure to put together a “Go Kit” and make a plan of where your family will go and how you will stay in contact. Nixon said to date, 621 fires have burned 3,393 acres on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry and forest protective associations. Of these, 429 have been caused by people.