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Echo Mountain Complex: 293 homes destroyed, Zero fatalities

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Lincoln City Police were active Wednesday night and were patrolling with spotlights in a town evacuated and once again without power.

Officials with the Echo Mountain Complex have completed preliminary structural damage assessments in the fire area and 293 residential structures have been determined to be a total loss.

An additional 22 residential structures have sustained damage. Numerous outbuildings, automobiles, RVs, trailers, boats, and other personal property were also destroyed.

“It’s a miracle that we are able to report that there are no fatalities associated with this incident.” said Incident Commander Rick Dolan.

Specialized teams of structural specialists have been on-site at the incident since Monday to conduct inventories and assessments of structural damage. Each of the impacted properties throughout the fire area has been assessed for loss or damage. Lincoln County will be publishing a more comprehensive and finalized list of structures by address at a later date.

The Echo Mountain Complex was ignited during the massive wind event that impacted western Oregon on Sept. 7, 2020. The Echo Mountain Complex is comprised of the Kimberling and Echo Mountain Fires. Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 has been in command of the fire since September 10th.

Residents impacted by the Echo Mountain Complex can access information on re-entry and assistance at: https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/echomountainfire.

Residents are reminded that while re-entry to many areas is allowed, numerous hazards remain around structures. Utility companies have been working in the affected neighborhoods to restore services.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Thank God no fatalities! Lincoln City did an amazing job of working non stop on keeping everyone safe. Than you firefighters for ALL you do! The fire cane 1/2 mile from my home and we were evacuated! Thanks for keeping us informed.

  2. Zero fatalities would not be the headline except for the heroic efforts of those who put themselves in harms way going door to door in the midst of the fire saving many, many lives. Thank you does not begin to cover it.

  3. Bill, I get your glass half empty attitude but think about all the hotels who have stepped up and are providing shelter to the Red Cross at reduced rates for those who have lost their homes. Kudos to them. And I have to hand it to you Bill, very creative weaponizing this tragedy to hate on tourists. Keep up the good work.

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