Wildfire Update September 12

September 12, 2020 Updates

The City of Lincoln City is coordinating with the American Red Cross (ARC) to utilize the LC Community Center as a resource location (headquarters) for our displaced evacuees, starting on Monday Sept 14. Our Center will not be an evacuation site, but a location for ARC to conduct their important work in finding housing for the evacuees. If you need immediate housing assistance, please contact Lincoln County Emergency Management at 541-265-0621. We’ll have more info to share in the near future. Thank you.

5:00 PM – Firefighters had a successful day today. The continued cooler weather pattern allowed for firefighters to work on completing control lines around the fire. The fire size remains at an estimated 2,435 acres and is 15% contained. The Kimberling Fire, east of Rose Lodge, has a fire line around the entire perimeter and hose lays were constructed. “Water began flowing at noon” stated Operations Section Chief Mike Carlson. Mop-up is the focus now on this fire. Firefighters will be working from the perimeter towards the center of the fire. This work will continue for the next few days. On the larger portion of fire near Otis, crews have nearly completed fire line around the perimeter. Hose lays are being constructed that will assist with the mop-up operations. Hazard tree mitigation and powerline repair is still part of the day shift’s operations. Night shift resources will focus on patrolling the fires and monitoring fire behavior. Day shift resources will finish building fireline. The predicted weather calls for continued cooler temperatures in the 60s with higher relative humidity that will keep the fire from being as active as it has been. Rain is in the forecast starting early next week. The area remains extremely hazardous. Falling debris, downed powerlines and hazard trees continue to be issues. Please avoid the fire area. Highway 18 remains closed at this time. This closures is in place to protect members of the public, as well as firefighters.

12:00 pm – Firefighters are taking advantage of the cooler weather and making progress in building fire line around the perimeters. The fire has not experienced significant growth in the last 48 hours. The Kimberling Fire, east of Rose Lodge, has a fire line around the perimeter and hose lays are in progress. Mop-up is planned to commence later today. Mop-up activities consist of digging up hot spots using hand tools and following with water. It is tedious work that could take days before the fire is considered out. The larger portion of fire near Otis, crews are working to establish fire breaks using hand crews in steeper areas and dozers to re-open roads for control lines. The majority of the fire perimeter does not have control lines established yet. Michael Curran, ODF District Forester, asks for the public’s patience and understanding of the road closures. “Until hazard trees are removed, repairs to the power lines are made and structure assessment completed, portions of the fire will remain closed to the public for the fire fighters ”safety” he stated today.

Echo Mountain Complex Update Size, Containment as of 5pm on September 12
8:49 am – East Devils Lake Road will be closed for a couple of hours due to a dangerous tree tha tneeds to be removed. People are still able to go back home, it’s just that the road is closed to remove the tree.
6:00 am – Echo Mountain Fire Complex – DOWNGRADE NOTICES for Lincoln City Area – Current Map (6 AM)
Downgrade to a Level 2:
NE East Devils Lake Road south to mile post 3.6 (bridge replacement cut off) and the Neotsu neighborhood
All other West and East side streets off of NE East Devils Lake Road
Removal of Evacuation Level:
All of S Schooner Creek Road
Community Members in the newly downgrade levels can return to their homes and business at this time. If you need transportation back to your home you can call the County Call Center at 541-265-0621 (after 8am) for coordination.