PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Roughly 200 Lincoln County residents have fled and at least 100 structures have burned as the Echo Mountain Complex Fire consumes more than 2,400 acres in the county.
The Echo Mountain Fire is about 6 miles northeast of Lincoln City. Officials reported the blaze remained unchanged over the last 24 hours at 2,435 acres and was still uncontained as of Friday evening. According to InciWeb, about 238 total personnel are battle the fire. Officials said two structural task forces had been ordered.
Officials say Thursday’s weather conditions allowed fire crews to make gain traction on the fire. As crews continue fighting the flames, all burning is prohibited in all Lincoln County parks. On Friday afternoon, some of the evacuation orders were downgraded.
Fire officials estimate at least 100 structures were damaged or destroyed. Lincoln County officials say it will take a several days to do a complete damage assessment. However, Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management’s website says 100 structures are destroyed due to the fire. OEM also reports there is one confirmed injury.
On Friday afternoon, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office issued the following downgrades for the areas in Lincoln City:
Downgrade from Level 3 to a Level 2:
- NW Logan Road (Roads End Area) East to Hwy 101/Hwy 18 Interchange
- From the beach at NW 39th Street to the western edge of Hwy 101
- Downgrade from Level 2 and 1 to zero:
From NW 39th Street to the West side of Devils Lake then South through the City Limits
Community Members in the newly downgraded areas 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 for coordination.
Please see this map with the current evacuation levels still remaining in place.
The evacuation point has been moved to the Newport Rec Center located at 225 SE Avery Street in Newport. People at Oregon Coast Community College were being moved. The Red Cross moved locations for logistical reasons. Lincoln County Fairgrounds will take all animals that are not dogs or cats.
While firefighters work to put out the fire, crews are also working to restore power. Restoring the power is a crucial step before people will be allowed back to their homes — and so they can reopen Lincoln City hospital.
Temporary evacuation locations have been set up at Newport Recreation Center and Agate Beach State Park Campground. Please contact Preston Phillips at 541-270-4232 or Jered Mangini at 541-270-
1291 if you plan to use these facilities.
There are various street closures in the area. For the most up to date information, go to TripCheck.com.
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