Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Forestry Department: ‘At least 100 structures damaged or destroyed’

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High Wind Warning issued by NWS

National Weather Service Portland has issued a High Wind Warning Tuesday from seven a.m. until three p.m. for the Central Oregon Coast.

City seeks to fill multiple volunteer vacancies

The City of Lincoln City needs to fill over 20 vacancies left by outgoing volunteers for various committees and boards.

“Glaring” distinctions divide Congressional candidates

In the last day of what many voters feel is the critical election of their lives, the hotly-contested race in Oregon’s U.S. 5th District is poised on the glaring differences between two Congressional candidates — gutsy challenger Amy Ryan Courser and her six-term opponent, Kurt Schrader.

November 3rd looms closer at last

Whatever your political affiliation and views, the election craze is going to be over in what's now a matter of hours.

Courser claims ag abandoned by Schrader

The suddenly-tight race in the fertile U.S. 5th District could hinge on Oregon family farms and rural communities slammed by pandemic and wildfire, claimed the challenger to a six-term incumbent who has severed his official ties to agriculture.

Courser braces Schrader over law and order stand

Mounting the biggest challenge ever to an entrenched incumbent, Congressional candidate Amy Ryan Courser this week drew a stark battle line between her and six-term representative Kurt Schrader over law enforcement in the U.S. Fifth District.

Lincoln County discusses waiver of fees retroactively for wildfire victims

Lincoln County government met Monday to discuss possibly waiving construction fees for victims of the Echo Mountain Complex Wildfire and may do so retroactively to Sept. 8. 

Newport K9 team discovers commercial quantity of meth

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NWS issues freeze warning for North, Central Oregon Coast

National Weather Service Portland issued a freeze warning Sunday night for the North and Central Oregon Coasts for 1-10 a.m. Monday.

Redemption Thrift theft in Taft

Former Lincoln City Mayor Don Williams took to Facebook Saturday with a video that shows a man making off with charity funds from his Redemption Thrift store in Taft.

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Evacuations in effect for Lincoln City

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

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Fire strikes historic Otis Cafe on Independence Day

North Lincoln Fire Rescue units swarmed the Otis Cafe shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday to combat a fully involved fire at the iconic restaurant.

Highway 101 hole prompts ODOT to call in geologists

Oregon Department of Transportation officials have called in geologists Thursday to take core samples of a hole on southbound Highway 101 in Otis.

Lincoln City wildfires update

Lincoln City government issued an update Thursday on wildfires north of the city, saying all evacuation orders are still in effect and residents are not allowed in the area.

An evacuated Lincoln City sits dark and intact

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

Echo Mountain Complex Fire

Oregon Department of Forestry – Lincoln County – Echo Mountain Fire Update 

FIRE MAP

While winds have lessened, the Echo Mountain Complex Fire remains active. Firefighters are watching weather conditions and monitoring other factors such as relative humidity, as they relate to fire behavior.

This complex of fires, which comprises two fires, is estimated at 2,435 acres and is zero percent contained. Fire resources across the region are spread thin as fire conditions have reached extreme.

Fire officials estimate that at least 100 structures have been damaged or destroyed. Two structural task forces have been ordered. Upon their arrival, they will begin damage assessment and inventory of all the structures impacted. This work is very methodical and will take several days to complete. Many areas remain under evacuation orders. These orders are issued by Lincoln County.

Fire managers are asking people to stay out of the fire areas. There are many hazards still present. Fire weakened trees and falling debris, as well as downed power lines present dangerous conditions. There are many road closures in the area. The closures are to provide for the safety of the public and firefighters. Many of our public lands have been closed to the public due to the extreme conditions. Please check the status of all land prior to heading out.

EVACUATION ZONES MAP

Lincoln County Call Center – 541-265-0621

Who can return home? 

Many evacuated community members can return to their residences.  Notices have communicated through Lincoln Alerts, the County’s website and Facebook pages.

Roads end from the beach over to Hwy 101, south to NW 39th and west to ocean. You may return home.

NW 39th to west side of Devil’s Lake and south through the city of Lincoln City. You may return home.

Be aware that NW Natural does not have gas back on yet and electricity may go off and on for the next few days as crews repair lines. It will take time for a service provider to turn on your pilot light.

If you need transportation back home, contact the Lincoln County Call Center 541-265-0621.

Do we need donations – cash, material, or otherwise? 

American Red Cross is a credible source for cash donations. Toledo Police Department has also offered to receive donations. Otherwise, County Emergency Management is waiting for further assessment to determine community need.

Looking for family members?  Safe and Well Program – https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/

Evacuation Shelters
A primary evacuation point is at Newport Recreation Center in Newport. The OCCC Evacuation point has been moved to the Newport Rec Center. 225 SE Avery St, Newport, OR 97365

Transfer to other evacuation shelters will be managed from this location by the American Red Cross. Contact the Red Cross at 888-680-1455 or website: https://www.redcross.org/get-help.html

Toledo – Evacuation Sites – Information

RVs (trailers and truck campers also) at TJSHS:
Coordinator – Deanne Barnhart (541) 961-0438
Tent and outdoor camping at Memorial Field – Under City Supervision
Indoor Facility Needs – call for details
Church Coordinator: Tom Morris 541-290-9318

City of Siletz and Siletz

Areas available for RVs and tents. Check City Hall for details.

Additional unofficial and emerging evacuation sites have been set up by various cities and churches.  List will be posted online when updated.

Barnyard Animals – Livestock County Commons – 633 NE 3rd St, Newport, OR 97365. The Lincoln Commons is available 24/hours with pens, buckets, water and hay for livestock. Users of the facility must be prepared to care for their animals. Users must register and check in with a volunteer during the day and during their stay at the Commons.

Companion Animal Supplies – Dogs, Cats and Pets
If you have evacuated with companion pets and need supplies. There are companion animal supplies available at Animal Shelters entrance at 510 NE Harney street.

Lost pets/animals left in the evacuation area, the best thing to do is direct them to our lost/found page:

https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/animalshelter/

Volunteer Inquiries – Under development. Details coming soon. Thank you to those reaching out.

Road Information and Closures

www.tripcheck.com

Lincoln County website for fire information and updates
https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/EchoMountainFire

Lincoln Alerts – Sign up to receive alerts
Add your email and cell phone to your profile. If you are checking on family members – create a profile with their address and your contact info – you may also add your email.

https://member.everbridge.net/892807736721689/login

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  1. In case it only happened to my family, I’d like to remind emergency services
    that not everyone owns a smartphone, and without power, websites are
    somewhat useless. Very little information was available on the radio.

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