Oregon State Parks bans all fires in state parks, campgrounds and beaches in Lincoln County

The Oregon State Parks have now banned all fires in all state parks, campgrounds and beaches along the coast from the Lincoln County north border (Salmon River) to the Oregon/California border. https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm…

No campfires even in designated campfire areas. This includes charcoal fires, cooking fires, warming fires, propane fire pits, candles, tiki torches and other devices that emit flames or embers.

*Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottle fuels and propane/liquid-fueled lanterns are allowed.

The Lincoln County Fire Defense Board has announced the enactment of a complete burn ban effective at 8:00am on Friday, August 13, 2021

Oregon is entering its second consecutive dry summer and is bracing for what has already proved to be another devastating wildfire season. While some wildfires are a natural part of Oregon’s landscape, the fire season in Oregon and across the West is starting earlier and ending later each year. Sadly, we are no exception in Lincoln County.

Warmer spring and summer temperatures, reduced rainfall, and earlier record high temperatures create longer and more intense dry seasons that increase moisture stress on vegetation and make our landscape more susceptible to severe wildfire. As the seasonal grasses and fuels have already cured in the East, the coastal communities of the West are rapidly catching up. Fuel moistures are at an all-time low.The current drought conditions in Lincoln County coupled with reduced measurable precipitation in the region have forced this decision. Local and adjoining county fire service leadership with support from our partners at ODF, BLM, USFS, and OSFM endorse this decision in Lincoln County based on predictive fuel modeling, current fire conditions throughout the state, and significant fire history in the area. With the Echo Mountain Complex Fires not at all forgotten, let this proactive measure serve as a reminder that we take last year’s events seriously. With limited resources on hand and no long-term relief in sight, now is the time to implement these planned restrictions, which also come earlier each year.

Oregon State Parks Update

Fires are prohibited on beaches and in coastal day-use areas in Lincoln County south to Oregon’s border with California.

>The ban includes wood, charcoal briquettes, candles, tiki torches and other devices that emit flames or embers.

>Propane stoves and other cooking devices that have a shutoff valve are allowed. Campfires are allowed in Oregon State Parks campgrounds.

>Conditions could change quickly; check for updates on the Oregon State Parks Open Flame Restrictions web page.

Fire Ban for Central Coast Parks & BLM Lands Announcement

All beaches and day-use areas (fires in campgrounds allowed) in Lincoln, Lane, Coos and Curry counties, from the Salmon River south to the Oregon border with California.

>Fire ban includes wood, charcoal briquettes, candles, tiki torches and other devices that emit flames or embers.

>Propane stoves and other cooking devices that have a shutoff valve are allowed.

>Fireworks are prohibited year round on all Oregon beaches.

>Look for signs at all beach access points.

Announcement: Due to increased wildfire risk in the Pacific Northwest, all campfires will be prohibited on BLM lands in the Northwest Oregon District beginning August 4th. Click https://www.lincolncity.org/index.asp… for more information.

In addition, all campfires are banned east of Interstate 5 in state parks and state-managed forests. Click https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm… more information.

Draft Lincoln City Evacuation Plan available for Public review and comment

The draft Lincoln City Evacuation Plan will be posted to the City Web site until August 31, 2021 for public comment. If you have questions, comments or recommendation please email your thoughts to kmurphy@lincolncity.org

This plan looks at the potential for different types of events/scenarios which may cause Lincoln City to evacuate. It provides optional routes and processes for managing evacuations. It also addresses Tsunami events, Chlorine leaks, and bridge failure alternate routes.

Microsoft Word Version here.

Adobe PDF version here.

OHA recommends universal mask use for all public indoor settings

In responses to a large jump in cases and hospitalizations and new national guidance calling for masking measures to prevent the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant, the Oregon Health Authority today is recommending universal mask use in public indoor settings throughout the state to protect Oregonians from COVID-19.

“Today’s reported sharp rise in cases and hospitalizations in Oregon are sobering reminders that the pandemic is not over, especially for Oregonians who remain unvaccinated,” said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, state epidemiologist and state health officer.

“The highly contagious Delta variant has increased tenfold in the past two weeks in Oregon, and it is now estimated to be associated with 80% of the new cases in Oregon. The use of face masks provides significant protection for individuals who are unvaccinated as well as an additional level protection from a small but known risk of infection by the virus for persons who have already been vaccinated.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who are vaccinated with currently available vaccines are protected from the virus and the circulating variants, including the Delta variant that is now seen in the majority of Oregon’s new cases.

OHA’s recommendation aligns with the CDC’s new guidance issued today that everyone, including fully vaccinated persons, wear a mask in public indoor settings. OHA’s recommendation applies statewide, and not just areas with higher infections and high transmission, as cases have increased across the state in recent weeks due to the Delta variant.

OHA is continuing to call on local community and public health leaders, and businesses, to encourage vaccination and masking to prevent new outbreaks in areas of substantial and high transmission.

Original news bulletin found here.