PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Thousands of residents are fleeing their homes as multiple wildfires threaten the Oregon Coast, including residents in Lincoln City itself. Level 3 “Go Now” evacuations expanded in Lincoln County as well.
A Red Flag Warning is in effect until 8 a.m. for Tillamook County.
Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Level 3 “Go Now” evacuations due to the Pike Road Fire. The areas under evacuation orders include Waltz Hill Road to Baseline Road, Baseline Road to Bewley Road, Bewley Road to Vaughn Road, and Vaughn Road to Aldebrook Road, as well as Willowbrook Drive, Timberline Road, Salmonberry Road, and Pike Road.
Surrounding areas are currently at Level 2 and officials urge residents to be ready to evacuate at a moments notice.
The Pike Road Fire is around 175 acres as of Wednesday afternoon. Officials told KOIN 6 News dozens of home are in the mandatory Level 3 evacuation area but an exact number was not available. Others in the Level 2 area have left just to be safe.
Jeff Crist, who lives in a Level 2 area, said he was holding back for now.
“I’m holding in there, but I’m on edge,” he told KOIN 6 News. “I’ve already lost it a couple times and I had to pull back this morning, but what do you do? You gotta grab what you can and hope to hell it don’t get to that point and end up losing everything.”
Mike Rawson, who also is under a Level 2 order, said he’s had time to pack and is ready to go. Asked if he was prepared but not crazy about the idea of leaving, he smiled and said, “I’m not stupid.”
Winds slowed down in the area which helped keep the fire from spreading. At this time officials don’t have any information about homes being lost.
People are asked to please stay out of the area to allow emergency responders to work and to please not call Tillamook 911 unless you have an emergency.
All evacuated persons may go to the shelter at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds, located at 4603 3rd St. in Tillamook.
A Level 3 “Go Now” evacuation has been ordered for all Lincoln City residents on “SE 40th all the way north from Ocean to East Devils Lake Road,” according to officials.
Overnight, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office issued new evacuation orders due to the Echo Mountain Fire.
The Level 3 “Go Now” evacuation notices are for the Otis area and affect the North Old Scenic Highway and bank road, along with King lane, Coho Lane, Kokanee Lane and Modline Lane. Level 3 evacuations are also still in place for streets off North Bank Road.
The Echo Mountain Fire is just one of three fires burning in Lincoln County. The Kimberling Mountain Road of off Highway 18 has prompted level 1, 2 and 3 evacuation notices while a separate blaze down in Waldport off Highway 34 has been contained.
Level 3 “Go Now” evacuations for the Kimberling Mountain Road Fire are in place for North Meadow Place, North Mable Drive and FR 25 Road. Meanwhile, there are Level 2 “Get Set” orders for North Widowcreek Road and NF 1861 and Level 1 “Get Ready” notices issued for North Schwartz Road, North Salmon Berry Lane and all side streets.
New Level 3 Evacuation Notice – GO NOW — were issued at 3 p.m.
• N. Slick Rock Creek Road
• N. Boulder Creek
• N. Sundown Drive
• N. Bear Creek Road
• S. Schooner Creek Road
Evacuate to the east on Hwy 18. Do not head towards Lincoln City.
Down trees in the county have led to various street closures. For the most up to date information, go to TripCheck.com.