PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Winds have calmed considerably along the Oregon coast and cooler weather is expected as fire crews continue to battle wildfires in Tillamook and Lincoln counties.
Of those, the Pike Road Fire is the largest at 175 acres. The Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office announced changes to evacuation zones at about 4 p.m. and urged people not to go back into evacuated zones until they are cleared because “if the fire shifts, we will not be able to go home to home or 911 alert the area to inform you of the danger.”
Level 3 “Go Now” evacuations due to the Pike Road Fire include Pike Road and Nobel Springs Road and the area between Vaughn Creek and Murphy Creek.
Level 2 evacuations include the area bounded by Bewley Rd to the west, Doughty Rd on the south side, and Willowbrook Rd on the westside extending northbound.
The prior area that is east of Murphy Creek and south of Pike Road to include Kilchis River Road and Alderbrook Road to the North extension of Bewley Road up to Doughty Road is under Level 1.
The main portion of Bay City east of Bewley Road and the area south of Alderbrook Rd at Vaughn Creek and southward has been removed from all levels of alerts.
Authorities also said the Wilson River Fire was caused by trees that fell into BPA transmission lines. That fire was contained. The Long Prairie Road Fire was accidental from debris put onto a slash burn pile.
The Echo Mountain Complex Fire has burned an estimated 2,435 acres six miles northeast of Lincoln City near Hwy 18 as of Thursday evening.
Shifts in winds Wednesday night caused the fire to make large strides toward Lincoln City, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. Crews said changes in the weather helped firefighters start an initial attack on Thursday afternoon. Fire activity has slowed by Thursday evening and officials said it was smoldering within the fire perimeter.
Level 3 evacuations in north Lincoln County as of 4:30 p.m. Thursday:
- All of East Devil’s Lake Road
- NW 40th north to Hwy 18, from Ocean to East Devil’s Lake Road
- Hwy 101 from NE East Devils Lake Road to N Three Rocks Road
- Hwy 18 from milepost 0 to Rose Lodge
- NE Highland Road and all roads off of this
- N. Slick Rock Creek Road
- N. Boulder Creek
- N. Sundown Drive
- N. Bear Creek Road
- S. Schooner Creek Road
- N. Meadow Place
- N. Mable Drive
- FR 25 Road
Down trees in the county have led to various street closures. For the most up to date information, go to TripCheck.com.
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.
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