While winds have lessened, the Echo Mountain Complex remains active. Firefighters are watching weather conditions and monitoring other factors such as relative humidity, as they relate to fire behavior. This complex of fires, which comprises two fires, is estimated at 2,435 acres and is 0% contained. Fire resources across the region are spread thin as fire conditions have reached extreme.
Fire officials estimate that at least 100 structures have been damaged or destroyed. Two structural task forces have been ordered. Upon their arrival, they will begin damage assessment and inventory of all the structures impacted. This work is very methodical and will take several days to complete. Many areas remain under evacuation orders. These orders are issued by Lincoln County.
Fire managers are asking people to stay out of the fire areas. There are many hazards still present. Fire weakened trees and falling debris, as well as downed power lines present dangerous conditions. There are many road closures in the area. The closures are to provide for the safety of the public and firefighters. Many of our public lands have been closed to the public due to the extreme conditions. Please check the status of all land prior to heading out.
Who can return home?
Many evacuated community members can return to their residences. Notices have communicated through Lincoln Alerts, the County's website and Facebook pages.
Roads end from the beach over to Hwy 101, south to NW 39th and west to ocean. You may return home. NW 39th to west side of Devil’s Lake and south through the city of Lincoln City. You may return home. Be aware that NW Natural does not have gas back on yet and electricity may go off and on for the next few days as crews repair lines. It will take time for a service provider to turn on your pilot light. If you need transportation back home, contact the Lincoln County Call Center 541-265-0621.