This just in from Chris Burns:
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the Central Oregon Coast, in effect from now until 10:00pm this evening.
Unusually dry conditions, strong east winds, humidity as low as 25-percent and temperatures in the mid-50s have combined to seriously increase fire danger and the chance of wildfires igniting and burning out of control.
During this warning, please avoid any outside burning and report any smoke that could be coming from a wildfire to 9-1-1.
Further from Newport Police:
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management advises that Lincoln County is currently under a Red Flag Warning. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are occurring or will shortly occur. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential.
Lincoln County Fire Defense Board Chief Will Ewing states, “Due to unseasonably dry and windy conditions the Lincoln county fire defense board is asking Lincoln county residents to use restraint this weekend regarding open burning. The current situation projects extreme fire behavior that could be effected by east wind activity. If possible postpone burning until safer conditions return to Lincoln County. If you do burn please use extra caution and stay in attendance of the burn through the entire process, and make sure to extinguish the fire when done. If any problems occur please call 911 immediately. Remember if you do burn you are responsible for the outcome!”