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Tip of the Week for the Week of June 24, 2024 - Fireworks Safety (Photo) - 06/20/24


Summer fun is officially here, and the Fourth of July is just around the corner. For many, fireworks are a sign of celebration, however, there are some important safety measures to consider. Fireworks, loud sounds, and bright, sudden flashes can trigger vets, pets, and people with PTSD. If you choose to use fireworks, remember to check for local ordinances and regulations, be considerate of others, consider the time of day and the location, and prioritize safety. 

Know the Difference and Consequences

It is important to know the difference between a legal consumer firework and a dangerous explosive device. Illegal items in Oregon include any firework that flies into the air, explodes or behaves in an uncontrolled or unpredicted manner. Some examples include firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, Roman candles, bottle rockets, or other items of similar construction and any item containing explosive or flammable compounds. 

Tablets or other devices containing explosive substances or flammable compounds are not legal in Oregon without a permit. Items such as M-80s, M-100s and blockbusters are not fireworks, they are federally banned explosives. They can cause serious injury or even death. Stay away from anything that isn't clearly labeled with the name of the item, the manufacturer's name, and instructions for proper use.

Possession of illegal fireworks in Oregon is a Class B Misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $10,000 and/or six months in jail. If you are aware of anyone selling such devices, contact your local law enforcement agency.

All fireworks are prohibited in all state parks and on ocean beaches. Violations may be punishable by fine. 

General Firework Safety

Read and follow all warnings and instructions on fireworks. Be sure that people maintain a safe distance from where fireworks are lit. Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from buildings, dry leaves, and flammable materials -never light and throw any fireworks.  Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned. 

Fireworks are not toys. NEVER give fireworks to children. Close adult supervision of all fireworks activities is mandatory, this includes sparklers. 

Pets are more sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights, and strong smells. It is best to leave your pets safely indoors, preferably with a radio or TV turned on to soften sudden noises. If you cannot leave your pet indoors, keep them leashed and under your direct control at all times. Keep your pet’s collar and ID tag on at all times and update your pet’s license with your current contact information in case they get separated from you. 

If you are traveling and plan to use fireworks, look up local ordinances that may be in place. Remember to save the address of where you are staying or using the fireworks in case you need to call 911. 

Fire Prevention

Be aware of your surroundings and weather conditions. Areas are more prone to fires when the weather is warm and windy. Dry landscape greatly increases the likelihood of fire starting, not just from fireworks, but other activities that create sparks or flame.

If you choose to use fireworks, make sure the area is clear of anything flammable such as debris, furniture, and grass or shrubbery. Keep fireworks pointed away from buildings, greenery, and other areas that may catch fire. Keep a bucket of water and a hose ready to respond if needed. 

Whether you are lighting fireworks yourself or watching an organized show, know the address so that you can quickly call 911 if a fire starts. 

For more information and tips visit our website at and like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon. 





Lincoln County Fire Defense Board Begins Debris Burn Bans - 06/18/24

This message is being sent on behalf of the Lincoln County Fire Defense Board

Fire Agencies to begin Debris Burn Bans

The Lincoln County Fire Defense Board and the Oregon Department of Forestry have made the
decision to establish a consistent start and end date for the annual Debris Burn Ban in Lincoln
County. Taking into consideration the increasingly dry fuel models year after year, Debris Burn
Ban will begin annually, June 15th, 2024, and end October 15th, 2024. Individual fire districts
may choose to adjust the burn ban dates based on current weather conditions. The Fire Defense
Board has carefully selected these dates to provide a consistent schedule for the annual burn ban,
to allow the citizens to better plan for yard debris burning.

Agency Contact Information
North Lincoln Fire & Rescue: 541-996-2233
Depoe Bay Fire District: 541-764-2202
Newport Fire Department: 541-265-9461
Seal Rock Fire District: 541-563-4441
Central Coast Fire & Rescue: 541-563-3121
Toledo Fire Department: 541-336-3311
Siletz Fire District: 541-444-2043
Yachats Fire District: 541-547-3266
Oregon Dept. Forestry: 541-336-2273

This ban is specific to yard debris burning and does not include recreational campfires, portable
propane/patio fireplaces, or charcoal BBQ grills. Please check with your local fire agency for
details specific to each jurisdiction.

Reminder: Carelessness is the largest cause of wildfire.
Escaped fires of any kind resulting in property damage requiring efforts from a fire agency or
multiple fire agencies, may result in fines and individual financial responsibility for damages
caused and for fire response recovery, per Oregon Revised Statue; 476.920 - Billing owner of
property for cost of extinguishing fire.


Sheriff's Office to Host Hiring Event in July (Photo) - 06/18/24


6/18/24 – Lincoln County, Oregon

We are looking for individuals with strong character, motivation, and integrity to join our Sheriff’s Office team. With multiple positions open, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hiring event on Saturday, July 20, 2024. This event is a great opportunity to learn about the rewarding careers our team has to offer. 

Those interested in participating are encouraged to complete an application before the event. To submit an application, visit Join us at this hiring event to jumpstart your successful career in Law Enforcement.  

All applicants are invited to meet our team, have lunch, and learn more about our career opportunities. Deputy applicants ages 21 years and older are invited to complete the physical testing requirements during this event. Participants in this event experience a significantly expedited application process. In addition to completing the required physical test for free, participants have the opportunity to meet our team, ask questions, receive more information on perks and benefits, and enjoy free lunch and snacks. All participants need to bring ID and deputy applicants need to bring athletic clothes and shoes.

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2024
Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm 

  • Check in anytime between 11:00am and 1:30pm.
  • Deputy applicants will complete the physical testing for free (testing takes less than 15 minutes per participant).
  • Enjoy lunch and network with our team.
  • Ask questions and get a feel of what your future career looks like.

Location: Search and Rescue Building, 830 NE 7th St., Newport

What to Bring:

  • Government Issued Identification
  • Athletic clothes and shoes if applying for a deputy position
  • Interest in joining our team

Registration for this event is encouraged but not required. For questions or to register, contact Jess Palma at 541-265-0652 or



Siletz Man Taken in Custody After Stand-Off - 06/16/24

On 06/16/2024, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office learned through community contacts that 36-year-old James Kelly was inside a private residence owned by his twin-brother, Keith Kelly, in Siletz, OR. Local Law Enforcement have been attempting to apprehend James on multiple warrants issued for his arrest, many calls of community concern, and in relation to a crime Keith was arrested for on 06/10/2024, in which both brothers conspired to threaten a South Beach man with a shotgun.

Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the residence James was reported to be in with assistance from the Toledo Police Department and the Oregon State Police. Attempts to persuade James to exit the residence were unsuccessful until the Inter-Agency Lincoln County Tactical Response Team arrived, including K9 Ghost and his handler. Ultimately James surrendered himself without incident and is lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on warrants for menacing, unlawful use of a weapon, DUII, reckless driving, two counts of misdemeanor driving, and a Linn County Assault in the Fourth Degree warrant.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is grateful for assistance in this case from the Toledo Police Department, Oregon State Police, Newport Police Department, and the Lincoln City Police Department. If you know the whereabouts of wanted persons in Lincoln County, contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 541-265-0777. 

Tip of the Week for the week of June 17, 2024 - Encountering Bears in Your Community (Photo) - 06/13/24


Recently, there has been an increase in bear encounters in Oregon communities. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) urges Oregonians to respect nature and do their part to ensure wildlife, including black bears, and people coexist. 

A bear's strongest sense is smell. This means everything from trash cans to grill drippings can bring them to your property. Bears also have a great memory when it comes to food, which allows them to remember where they have previously found food sources, including trash. Female bears will pass this knowledge down to their young. Because of this great memory and knowledge sharing, intentionally or accidentally feeding bears can negatively affect multiple generations of bears.

In addition to bringing unwanted visitors, feeding bears (intentionally or accidentally) can be harmful. Wildlife have specialized diets that coincide with seasonal changes. Food provided by humans can negatively impact their health, lead to conflict and safety issues with people, and in some cases, have fatal consequences for animals. For the sake of Oregon's wildlife and their health, do not feed them.

Living responsibly with black bears is possible and it's up to everyone to do their part to keep people safe and bears wild. Below are some tips to help keep your community and local black bears safer.

  • Never feed or approach bears. Feeding bears, intentionally or unintentionally, will cause them to associate people with food. It is also against the law in Oregon (ORS 496.730).
  • Secure food, garbage and recycling. Ensure your trash and dumpsters are secure by using commercially available garbage cans, metal bars over dumpsters, fully enclosed trash storage, or by storing garbage inside. Take trash out immediately before pick-up, not the night before. Wash garbage cans with bleach to reduce their smell. Food waste is one of the strongest attractants for black bears and allowing bears access could qualify as illegal feeding if appropriate steps are not taken to prevent the issue.
  • Remove bird feeders in bear habitat when bears are active. Birds have plenty of naturally available food sources during all seasons which is why some species migrate in winter. Bears can be food rewarded from bird seed and suet in feeders leading to habituation and food conditioning, destroyed birdfeeders, and public safety concerns.
  • Never leave pet food outdoors. This practice can easily attract bears and other wildlife, putting both pets and wildlife at risk.
  • Clean and store grills after each use.
  • Alert neighbors and ODFW to unusual bear activity such as continued sightings during daylight hours, lack of wariness around people or pets, etc.

A community effort is vital to keep your neighborhood and wildlife safe. One person who feeds or attracts bears, intentionally or not, increases the risk for the entire neighborhood. Find out more about living responsibly with black bears at

For more information and tips visit our website at and like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon. 



Tip of the Week for June 10, 2024 - Outdoor Grilling Safety (Photo) - 06/06/24


Grilling season is here and there's nothing like grilling outdoors on nice day. A BBQ or grilling party can be the perfect thing to celebrate grads and dads or bring the neighborhood together. There are many different types of grills and some unique tips for each. For your next cookout, use these tips from the National Fire Protection Association.

  • Propane and charcoal grills should ONLY be used outdoors. They should be placed well away from the home, deck railings, and overhanging tree branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grilling area. This helps prevent grills from being knocked over and helps prevent burns and other injuries. 
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grill and trays below the grill.
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.
  • Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using your grill each year. You can do this by applying a light soap and water solution to the outside of the hose. If there is a leak, the gas will cause it to release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, turn off the grill. If the leak does not stop, get it serviced by a professional before using it again.
  • If you smell gas while you're cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do NOT move the grill.
  • If you use starter fluid with your charcoal grill, use only charcoal starter fluid; always keep it out of the reach of children and pets and keep it away from heat sources.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the charcoals cool completely before disposing of them in a metal container. Do not put hot coals in your garbage bin or another container. This can start a fire. 
  • Most importantly: NEVER leave your grill unattended.

For more information and tips visit our website at and like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon. 



Tip of the Week for June 3, 2024 - National Pet Preparedness Month (Photo) - 05/30/24


June is National Pet Preparedness month and is the perfect time to review your emergency plans for your furry, scaley, and feathery family members. Keep your pets and livestock prepared for emergencies by taking these steps:

  • Create and practice your emergency plan for pets and livestock.
  • Take inventory of and replace expired emergency supplies such as pet food, medications, and water.
  • Stay informed of local hazards and emergencies. Take appropriate steps to keep your animals safe and be prepared to evacuate them with your household.

Plan for Pets

  • Take animals with you if you need to evacuate. Only as a last resort should animals be left behind.
  • Create a plan with neighbors, friends, or relatives to evacuate your pet if you are not able to do so.
  • Animals may run away or hide during an emergency. If your area is in a level one or higher evacuation warning, put your pet’s collar or harness on and keep them in a secure room. Doing this will allow you to grab them quickly if you need to evacuate.
  • Many emergency shelters cannot accept animals. Before disaster strikes, find out which hotels/shelters allow animals or which friends outside of the area will be able to help.
  • Be sure ID tags are on collars and consider a microchip.
  • Keep your dog’s license (legally required) and cat’s license (recommended) updated. This helps animal get reunited with their families faster.
  • Keep your pets’ vaccinations and ID tags up to date. Keep a copy of these documents in your family’s Go Bag.
  • Prepare a pet emergency kit with leashes, collars, portable carriers, water, food, medications, sanitation materials, immunization records, first-aid kit, and photos to prove ownership.
  • Don’t leave pets in vehicles, tethered, or crated without you.
  • If you have to leave your animals at home, keep them inside a secure area. Leave at least a 10-day supply of dry food and water. Put signs on windows and doors indicating the number and type of animals inside and your contact information.
  • Be aware that your pet’s behavior may change after a crisis. They may become more aggressive or self-protective.

Plan for Livestock

  • If your area is in a level 2 or higher evacuation warning, evacuate with your livestock immediately. Begin preparing your livestock for transport in a level 1 evacuation warning. This will give you more time to safely secure your animals and get trailers or other equipment on the road before it is too late.
  • Post emergency contact numbers on barns and/or pasture fences.
  • Write your phone number on your stock with a permanent marker if you must release them.
  • Have a supply of feed at a separate location.
  • Involve family and neighbors in an evacuation plan.
  • Make a kit with leads, halters, first aid, quieting hoods, water, photos, and a copy of your ownership papers.

More Resources for Pet and Livestock Emergency Planning can be found: 

For more information and tips visit our website at and like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon. 




Tip of the Week for the week of May 27, 2024 - Safety Tips for Runners (Photo) - 05/23/24


The Newport Marathon is just around the corner, so we can expect to see local and guest runners hitting the road on June 1st. Motorists should use extra caution, not only during special events like this, but throughout the year. Whether you are a well-seasoned runner or just beginning your running hobby, there are some things you should consider to keep yourself safe while running. The time of day and weather impact not only how you feel on your run but can also be more dangerous depending on the situation. Before heading out on your next run, consider these tips. 

Before the Run

  • Run with another person or a group.
  • Let someone know when and where you are running and when you will return. 
  • Carry ID and a cell phone. Consider adding a small card with an emergency contact and any allergies or known medical conditions. 
  • Take a whistle with you.
  • Dress for the weather and running conditions. Wear layers and sturdy shoes.
  • Wear reflective clothing or gear regardless of the time of day. 
  • Use caution if you wear headphones or anything that distracts you. Be aware of cars passing by, animals you may encounter, and other hazards on your route.
  • Vary the route and the time of day that you run.
  • If you run at night, remember to wear a headlamp and a flashing red light on your back. Consider additional reflective gear. 
  • Remember to stretch! Stretching before running and regular flexibility and strength training help prevent injuries.

During the Run

  • Run against traffic so that you can observe the approach of automobiles.
  • When possible, run on sidewalks or designated trails/pedestrian paths.
  • Remember to hydrate. Runner’s belts and vests make it easier to carry water and snacks. 
  • Keep an eye on the temperature and how your body feels. If you start to overheat, feel dizzy, or otherwise unwell, take a break in the shade and drink water. 
  • Stay alert. When in doubt, follow your intuition. If something seems suspicious, do not panic, but run in a different direction.
  • Do not approach a car to give directions. If you feel you must respond, do it while moving.
  • Run in familiar areas. Note the location of neighbors or open businesses along the route. 
  • When in doubt call for help. For an emergency, call 911. Non-emergency dispatch can be reached at 541-265-0777, or call a friend and keep them on the phone until you feel safe again.

For more information and tips visit our website at and like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.