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A rather comprehensive update from Sheriff Curtis Landers

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 localWhat’s happening nowwebpage.

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.”

Additional Resources:

Many of our cooperating partners are also providing community preparedness campaigns:

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/emergencymanagement/page/seasonal-hazards-wildfire .

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Respectfully submitted,

Virginia “Jenny” Demaris
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
Emergency Management Division
Office Phone: 541-265-4199
Lincoln County Call Center: 541-265-0621
Email: vdemaris@co.lincoln.or.us
Website: https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/emergencymanagement
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lcemergencymanagement
Lincoln Alerts – Emergency Notifications: www.co.lincoln.or.us/alerts
Media Releases – https://www.flashalert.net/id/LCSO
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.

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