From Newport Fire Rescue
On June 6th the Fire Departments of Lincoln County will be conducting a drill around Newport in areas called the Wildland Urban Interface Zones – where homes are near wooded areas that have a higher threat of wildfire. Firefighters around Lincoln County will be conducting a drill aimed at large wildfire incidents without the threat of real fire. This is not usually a threat we have to deal with too much in Lincoln County – but it is there.
With a drier-than-normal summer approaching, fire crews will be practicing their skills to better protect homes that are in the immediate threat of a wildfire.
Engine Crews will be conducting home triage assessments for structural protection from wildfire. During these drills, crews will make contact with the home owner and ask for 15 to 20 minutes of their time. A quick survey of the home will be performed and firefighters will determine the best way to protect the home from an advancing wildfire. Firefighters will also have handouts for home owners and can offer tips on things to do to make your home safer.
This large incident drill will allow our local firefighters to simulate wildland fire operations and work with a larger scale Incident Command System than is normally used in the area.
As much as we hope there will not be a large wildfire on the coast, the potential is there and historically there have been some very large fires the coast has had to deal with in the past. Preparing for a large incident before it happens will help make a difference if and when we do have a real incident.
To find out more about protecting your home from wildfire you can contact your local fire department or the Oregon Department of Forestry Toledo office.
Oregon Department of Forestry: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/homewildfiresafety
Oregon State Fire Marshal: www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM