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LATEST UPDATE

Update 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 –

The City of Lincoln City issued a news release with detailed information on wildfires north of the city.

Updated at 5:45 p.m. –

Winds have driven a significant spread of the Echo Mountain Complex fire, which has jumped from a couple of hundred acres to more than 1,000 acres as of the noon hour Wednesday, according to Oregon Department of Forestry officials.

Matt Thomas of ODF said low humidity and strong east winds overnight and into the morning drove the spread of the blaze, which began on the north side of Highway 18 near the 7-8 mile marker and jumped the highway.

The rapid spread of the fires initially forced the evacuation of Otis and surrounding areas and has now extended the evacuation area southward into a significant portion of Lincoln City. “Basically, the fire was burning at will,” Thomas said.

ODF said an infra-red (heat seeking) flight has been ordered today to get a map of the current fires and a better size estimate.

Local firefighters and ODF have been out in force around the clock on the fire lines, but outside help is very limited due to the large number of fires across the state. Thomas said there’s been no containment of the blaze yet, and that may not happen for an extended period. People who have evacuated or may face evacuation should be prepared to be away from their homes for some time. No assessment of property damage is expected for at least 48 hours.

Most of the Lincoln City north of SW 12th Street is under a Level 3 evacuation order, which is a directive to leave immediately. People living south of that point are currently on a Level 1 alert (be prepared to evacuate). The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office used its two marine patrol boats to evacuate some people living along East Devils Lake Road by water.

Staff with county Emergency Management, the Sheriff’s Office, city public safety agencies, the American Red Cross and local non-profits and faith groups are banding together to address immediate needs for shelter and food for evacuees.

The main campus of Oregon Coast Community College is South Beach has been established as a temporary receiving site for evacuees. Additional sites are being set up in Toledo at the high school (for campers and RVs) and Memorial Field (for tent campers). Arrangements are being made for additional sites in other parts of the county.

The Lincoln County Commons is being set up to receive horses and livestock, and 4H youth will assist owners in caring for their animals.

“This community has come together in an amazing way to protect lives and property,” said Kaety Jacobsen, chair of the Board of County Commissioners. “This is unprecedented situation, but we will get through this together.”

Updated at 1 p.m. –

Traffic is very heavy. Evacuation map and details here: https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/emergencymanagement/page/seasonal-hazards-wildfire
UPDATE -LEVEL 3 – GO NOW LINCOLN CITY – NW 40TH from the ocean East and all of East Devils Lake Road.
LEVEL 2 – GET SET – NW 40th south to outlet malls and west to ocean.
LEVEL 1 – GET READY – Outlet Malls south to SW 12th
Evacuation point is at Oregon Coast Community College in South Beach.
Lincoln County Fairgrounds will take animals that are not dogs or cats.
Siletz is setting up evacuation resources at the fields with bathrooms at the library and school. It should be ready by 2:30pm
Busses are at Safeway and the Community Center if you cannot drive.
Call 541-265-0621 for more information.

Lincoln City Fire

A level 3 evacuation is in effect for all of Lincoln City from 40th street north. Level 3 means go now.

Families are headed south towards Depoe Bay with few precious belongings able to be fit into vehicles.

Lincoln City Fire

Lincoln City Police said the greatest concern is embers spreading from the fire to surrounding areas and everyone needs to be vigilant and ready to evacuate.

According to Oregon Department of Forestry officials, firefighters can’t assess how big the fire is because it’s too dangerous. Extremely high winds were observed close to the fire.

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Check the map for updates (please be patient as the website is getting bombarded and it may take time to load).

http://maps.co.lincoln.or.us/

Lincoln City Police are assisting with the evacuation so please listen to their guidance.

People could be seen using hoses, watering local businesses and their homes.

 

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Praying for everyone, this is so devistating to see!!! We were just at the coast a month ago, spent a week enjoying the beauty, and warm hospitality from the coastal towns along the Oregon Coast. You are amazing people and you are a huge complment to your gorgeous towns and coast. You are in our prayers, thought, and hearts.

  2. Would be nice for an update, not much from the Portland news stations.
    It would be good to have some pictures to show the people that were evacuated were the fire really is.

  3. Cop fartblaster- panther creek is only a few miles from LC. The forest there is all connected. No one wants to drag children and ANIMALS down to the beach with no power. No one has been sleeping as is. At one point I was worried Cape Foulweather could be on fire the smoke was so bad. Then your boxed in….obviously last case scenario would be beach. That’s probably where many animals went. This is unprecedented. Can’t breath:/

  4. I lived in Lincoln City for about 5 years, and I consider it my favorite place I’ve ever lived; however, LC and Yachats are known for a certain characteristic. Two other cities burned many years ago for the same sin. Is Yachats next?

  5. So sorry to hear about this! Our extended family were in Lincoln City just 2 weeks ago, celebrating family anniversaries. Our prayers are with all of the people of Lincoln City as you face this traumatic situation. Our prayers are especially with those on the front lines fighting the fire and helping the citizens and visitors evacuate. God be with you all.

  6. CopBlaster you are dumb A.F. not only by your comment but your screen name. You have obviously never been near a grass or forest fire. Heat and flames create embers that carry in the wind along with this crazy thing called SMOKE!

  7. I used to go to my step-mom’s family’s cabin on the beach front there growing up. It was near that meat market that got shut down like 20+ years ago about half way between the D River and the rocks on the beach. Loved it.

    Why evacuate when you could just camp out on the beach where the flames can’t get you? This evacuation seems like government overreach to me.

  8. I am familiar with Lincoln City as my son lives there. I lived in Oceanside and Beaver. Once a month a drove to Newport for Daughters of the Nile sessions
    and would stop in Lincoln for dinner on my way back to Tillamook and Oceanside.
    What a beautiful drive. There is no coast like the Oregon coast. Stay safe
    everyone and you will be in my prayers. How did the fire start?

  9. I lived there two years ago. I’m praying for everyone. Thank you first responders. This is so sad. Such a beautiful part of Oregon. Do what you have to and be safe.

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