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Outdoor cooking appears to be the culprit but they’re still investigating Saturday’s blaze in Waldport

Grass Fire – Commercial St and Spencer St – 7/30/2022

At 3:05pm firefighters were dispatched to a grass fire in the area of the Port of Alsea. The initial response and first on scene was our Brush Truck. They located the main part of the fire at the corner of Commercial Street and Spencer Street. Lieutenant Cody Johnson immediately traversed the beach access and began a 360 evaluation of the fire. His initial assessment was that about a half of an acre was burning. Meanwhile, the other two crew members, Engineer Taylor Jernigan and Fire Fighter Connor Mercer, begin deploying hose line and started the initial attack of the perimeter. Lieutenant Johnson requested a water tender from Seal Rock Fire.

The Tidewater Station Water Tender arrived on scene along with the Oregon Department of Forestry. The focus at this point is the surrounding structures. We were able, with the help of the great defensive space created by the homeowner, to stop the fire about 20 feet from the deck area of the most affected structure. Upon the arrival of Chief Jamie Mason, the request was made for more resources and a preliminary plan was set in motion in case the need for evacuation of the area was warranted. Additional resources were also requested from many neighboring districts.

When such plans are implemented, it has a ripple affect across the entire county emergency response system. Other districts start moving apparatus and personnel into neighboring districts for coverage. Law enforcement starts to call in additional personnel. Our county, although doesn’t seem like it for the rain totals we got last winter, has started to dry out extremely quick in the summer months. Temperatures are on the rise and staying for longer periods of time causing the enormous amount of underbrush to be very dry. Today was a harsh reminder of this fact.

It is very important to keep your recreational or cooking fires very small and to have a water source very close to you. The cause of todays fire is still under investigation and burned nearly 2 acres. This could have been much worse and grown much quicker had we been later in the fire season. Mop up was completed at 6:00pm.

Your response today included a Chief Officer, Duty Officer, 2 Lieutenants, 2 Engineers, 2 Firefighters and support volunteers that responded in 1 Incident Command Vehicle, 1 Brush Truck, 2 Engines, 1 Tender and a support vehicle from Central Coast Fire. Yachats Fire responded with 3 personnel in an Engine and Tender. Seal Rock Fire responded with 4 personnel in an Engine, Brush Truck and Tender. City of Newport Fire responded with 3 personnel in a Brush Truck and Command Vehicle. Pacific West Ambulance responded with medical stand by. Depoe Bay Fire Responded for Newport coverage. North Lincoln Fire responded for Coverage in Depoe Bay. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene with 4 deputies. Oregon State Police responded to the scene with 2 Troopers. Oregon Department of Forestry responded with a Brush Truck and 2 personnel.

A huge thank you goes out to all the neighboring response partners for the quick response. It takes a large commitment to handle incidents such as this.

Respectfully Submitted By:
Erich Knudson
Public Information Officer Central Coast Fire and Rescue

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