The Lincoln County Fire Defense Board, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Lincoln County Public Health are partnering together to prepare our community members, business owners, and visitors on our local wildfire threat conditions, public safety evacuation response procedures, and efforts individuals can take to be ready for wildfire season.
May 1st is Wildfire Community Preparedness Day; this is a great day to develop a list of the items you can do around your home or property for wildfire mitigation.
Over the next several weeks you will see that many of our state partners have already or will be kicking off wildfire readiness programs. We will try to share these when they are referred to us and post on our local “What’s happening now” webpage.
Locally, due to continued physical distancing, our outreach campaign will be offered in a virtual format until we can be with you again for in person events. We are expanding our 2-hour Lincoln County Wildfire Readiness presentation into six modules and adding an additional session for each Fire District/Department of Lincoln County. These sessions, split up into modules will give more flexibility to our community members to pick and choose those sessions of most interest to them.
Wildfire Readiness Community Presentations – Virtual:
All presentations are scheduled from 7-8pm; the recordings and presentation slides will be posted to the website for access.
Click here to see the full schedule or review the attached full media release.
|Module||Description||Session #01, 7-8pm||Session #02, 7-8pm||Virtual Access|
|Module 1||Financial Protection, Business Preparedness||Monday, May 3, 2021||Wednesday, May 12, 2021||Virtual Connection, Recordings of Sessions – Click Here|
|Module 2||Animal Preparedness (Pets & Livestock)||Wednesday, May 5, 2021||Monday, May 10, 2021|
|Module 3||Property Protection by Understanding Wildfire Risk||Monday, May 17, 2021||Wednesday, May 26, 2021|
|Module 4||Emergency Notifications & Evacuation Processes||Wednesday, May 19, 2021||Monday, May 24, 2021|
|Module 5||Sheltering – American Red Cross and Sheltering for Medically Fragile Community Members||Wednesday, June 2, 2021||Monday, June 7, 2021|
|Module 6||Air Quality Considerations, Access & Functional Needs Persons Preparedness||Wednesday, June 9, 2021||Monday, June 14, 2021|
|Fire District/Departmental Sessions|
|Local Fire District Overview, Fire Restrictions, Seasonal Fire Precautions|
|District Area||Date/Time 7-8pm||Virtual Access|
|Depoe Bay||Monday, June 21, 2021||Virtual Connection, Recordings of Sessions – Click Here|
|Newport||Tuesday, June 29, 2021|
|North Lincoln||Wednesday, June 16, 2021|
|Seal Rock||Tuesday, June 22, 2021|
|Siletz||Wednesday, June 30, 2021|
|Toledo and East Co.||Monday, June 28, 2021|
|Waldport||Tuesday, June 15, 2021|
|Yachats||Wednesday, June 23, 2021|
The presentations will incorporate specific topics to assist in the planning, mitigation, response, and recovery from wildfire events for both our rural and city neighborhood areas.
- Wildfire history and seasonal fire conditions
- How to prepare your home, property, & family
- Evacuation Levels (Be Ready, Be Set, Go Now)
- What to expect if you receive an evacuation order
- Assistance after you evacuate
- How to minimize health effects of smoky conditions
Sheriff Landers remarked, “Coordinating evacuations of neighborhoods for Lincoln County is not a regular occurrence for our public safety agencies. The North County devastating wildfires from last September showed us how extremely important these readiness events are to make sure our community members are ready to pack up their valued belongings, pets, and family members, and leave their homes quickly. These wildfire readiness events are the best way we, as public safety officials, can educate our community members of the three evacuation levels, what to expect when they receive a call from Lincoln Alerts to “GO NOW” or when a Deputy knocks on their door to notify them of a wildfire threat and the best route to take to safety. Our Sheriff’s Office has worked hard to mirror our evacuation directions, public messaging and notification processes of our sister counties who experience these conditions every year”.
Chief Rob Murphy, Lincoln County Fire Defense Board Chief remarked “Wildfire threat is not just a risk for rural areas of Lincoln County; each property owner should take the time to look at their yards and properties and build a defensible space to protect their homes and structures. Lincoln County is generally considered to have a lower threat for wildfire compared to other central and eastern counties. However, with our expected seasonal weather conditions, our local risk increases. Our cooperation as a community to reduce our fire risk, adhere to fire safety rules and stay aware of current conditions are some of the important steps community members can do to protect themselves and assist public safety with seasonal wildfire risk reduction.”
Lincoln County Emergency Manager, Jenny Demaris, remarked “Working hand in hand with our public health, fire, and law enforcement partners for emergency evacuation is critical to ensure public safety. As representatives of public health emergency preparedness, we take care to:
- consider the requirements of community members with access and functional needs in our evacuation planning efforts.
- ensure shelters are available for displaced persons.
- provide educational resources to minimize the health effects from anticipated smoky conditions.”
Many of our cooperating partners are also providing community preparedness campaigns:
- Keep Oregon Green – Keep Oregon Green
- Oregon State University Extension Service – Wildfire Wednesdays
- Oregon State Fire Marshall’s Office – Wildland Urban Interface
- Oregon Department of Forestry – Fire Prevention
- Oregon Health Authority – Prepare for Wildfire/Reducing Health Effects of Wildfire Smoke
- Oregon Emergency Management – Oregon Wildfire Response
- National Fire Protection Agency – Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
If you are unable to attend one of the sessions or want additional information you can check out our Wildfire Readiness page at https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/
Virginia “Jenny” Demaris
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
Emergency Management Division
Office Phone: 541-265-4199
Lincoln County Call Center: 541-265-0621
Lincoln Alerts – Emergency Notifications: www.co.lincoln.or.us/alerts
Media Releases – https://www.flashalert.net/id/
Language Translation Options:
- Sheriff’s Office Media Releases via Flash Alert – go to the very upper right-hand corner of the website for translation options.
- Lincoln County Website – go to the very bottom right-hand corner of the website for translation options.