Lincoln City firefighters are traveling up Forest Service Road 1726 in the Bear Creek area of Rose Lodge, trying to track down a report of what might be a plane crash or perhaps an asteroid of some kind. They say something hit the ground and the forest caught fire.
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter has given ground crews an exact location of the suspected Crash scene.
Search and rescue should be there shortly.
The Coast Guard, upon a closer examination, found no sign of wreckage. The Sheriff’s Office says it was a logging slash burn that re-kindled and it appears a bulldozer near the scene was used to put out the fire.
However numerous north Yodel Street neighbors reported seeing a very bright white light just above the tree line, a light that then began flashing. Then something fell to the ground and started a fire. There are huge high transmission lines that the Coast Guard pilot reported seeing a mere 150 feet from the fire. Deputies said they were going to go back up Forest Service road 1726 this morning to re-examine the scene to ascertain if there wasn’t something else that triggered the fire or that the fire triggered sparking from the overhead tower. Consistent statements among neighbors easily describes some kind of temporary electrical short caused by carbon from smoke, mixed with thick wet fog that was occurring at the time, accumulating on the wire insulators atop the tower. At 244,000 volt levels, it wouldn’t take much to set off a huge light show of flashes and mega-sparking described by the neighbors.Share on Facebook