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Lincoln Co Partial Fire Restrictions Lifted - 09/17/21

Media Release distributed on behalf of the Lincoln County Fire Defense Board. 


Issue Date: September 17, 2021, 3:00pm

Issued By: Lincoln County Fire Defense Board

Notice: Lincoln County, Partial Fire Restrictions Lifted

Effective Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021, at 01:00 am – until further notice

Distribution to: Media, Lincoln Alerts, Local Public Safety/Government Officials, State Liaisons

Due to change of weather with increased precipitation expected in Lincoln County, The Lincoln County Fire Defense Board, and the nine fire protection agencies are lifting portions of the current county-wide burn ban.

Please contact your local fire agency if you have any questions.

Current Burning Restrictions:

  • Recreational Fires – are permitted after 1:00 a.m., Saturday, September 18, 2021.
    • Includes fires on the beaches and day use park areas , commercial, private and county campgrounds.  Continue to use safety precautions at all times.


  • Debris Burning – continues to be RESTRICTED in all areas of Lincoln County. 

Agency Contact Information:


Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Emergency Management Division
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Tip of The Week for September 20, 2021 - Animals In Disasters (Photo) - 09/16/21



Date:           September 16, 2021     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:       Sheriff Curtis L. Landers

                   (541) 265-0652





Now is the time to plan how you will evacuate with your pet, what supplies they need, and where they will be able to shelter. Planning now for your pets and livestock, will help your family evacuate quickly and safely if needed and reduce your stress in an emergency.


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.
  • Be sure ID tags are on collars and consider a microchip.
  • 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, becoming more aggressive or self-protective.


Plan for Livestock

  • If your area is in a level 2 or higher evacuation warning, evacuate with your livestock now. Prepare your livestock for transport and evacuate the area. 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 have to 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: 


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City of Newport Experiencing Data and Phone Outages - 09/09/21

September 9, 2021

The City of Newport governmental and service offices are experiencing an outage of data and phone services.  The City I.T. Department is working on remedying the outage.  The estimated down time is unknown.  During the outage, communication with City Departments (City Hall, Public Works, Finance, Community Developments, Library, Performing Ars Center, Visual Arts Center, Recreation Center, 60+ Center, Police and Fire business offices) are unavailable.  911 and Police and Fire dispatch is not affected by this outage.

City Hall officers are still open, however transaction services are limited.

We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have all systems functional soon.

Tip of The Week for September 13, 2021 - (Photo) - 09/09/21



Date:           September 9, 2021       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:       Sheriff Curtis L. Landers

                   (541) 265-0652



4 Weeks Cascadia Ready

Disasters and emergencies can strike at anytime; sometimes leaving our communities without adequate aid for hours, days, or even weeks. Due to the potential impact of local wildfires, storms, floods, or landslides it is recommended that all Oregonians be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least two weeks. For coastal residents, like Lincoln County, it is recommended to be “4 Weeks Cascadia Ready” in preparation for a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.

This means your household has enough food, water, medical supplies, sanitation supplies, and other life-sustaining resources to meet your specific needs for at least four weeks. In a major disaster such as a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, supply chain, responders, and transportation would be disrupted. This means our communities need to be prepared to take care of each other until assistance is available. 


Be Informed

  • Know about the hazards where you live.
  • Be familiar with local evacuation routes.
  • Sign up for local emergency alerts through Lincoln Alerts or update your profile. 


Make an Emergency Plan

  • Talk with family and friends about what you will do, including if you’re not together during an emergency.
  • Practice your plan at different times and on different days. What will you do if you are at home, work, school, or another location? 
  • Plan to check on your neighbors or vulnerable community members and offer assistance if possible. 


Build an Emergency Kit

  • Create an emergency kit or update your existing one.
  • Some supplies include:
    • at least 4 weeks supply of food and water for each person and any pets. Remember to include water for drinking, sanitation, and preparing meals if needed. 
    • battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
    • flashlight
    • first aid kit
    • extra batteries
    • whistle (to signal for help)
    • dust mask (to help filter contaminated air) and face coverings (for COVID-19 prevention)
    • plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
    • moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
    • wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
    • manual can opener (for food)
    • local maps
    • cell phone with chargers and a backup battery


 More information and resources: 



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Tip of The Week for September 6, 2021 - Back To School (Photo) - 09/02/21



Date:           September 2, 2021              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:      Sheriff Curtis L. Landers

                   (541) 265-0654




It's time for many of our children to start back to school. Motorists need to get back in the habit of slowing down near neighborhood schools. There are more than 15 public and private schools located around Lincoln County.

Each morning and afternoon when school is in session, children are walking to and from school and when there’s a chance they may be present, a school speed zone is in effect. The speed limit is 20 mph in a posted school zone between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on a day when school is in session. If the school zone is equipped with a flashing yellow light(s), then the speed limit is in effect when flashing.

It’s vital that we obey these speed limits as our children’s safety is at stake. These schools include kindergarten through twelfth grade. Some of these children are five years old and very small. A parked car can obscure their view of you and your view of them. These young people often fail to realize the importance of looking before they walk or run out into the roadway. Driving at 20 mph will give you more time to react and avoid striking them.

The following chart reveals the distance required to stop at specific speeds.


64 feet @ 20 mph86 feet @ 25 mph112 feet @ 30 mph138 feet @ 35 mph

170 feet @ 40 mph


5 mph can make the difference between whether or not you hit a pedestrian.

As citizens we must protect our children. Traffic crashes are one of the deadliest hazards our children face. Let's do our part when we pass these schools by slowing down, watching, and expecting the unexpected.

Everyone needs to do their part to ensure the safety of our children.

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Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Involved Shooting - 09/01/21

On September 1, 2021, at about 7:33 am, Willamette Valley Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call of an armed person walking around with a rifle in the area of 82nd Street and SW Abalone, South Beach, Oregon. 

Deputies arrived at about 7:51 am and encountered a subject with a rifle.   Deputies repeatedly told the subject to drop the rifle. The subject pointed the rifle at the deputies and a deputy shot the subject.  The subject is being treated for his injuries and was life flighted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis. 

The Lincoln County Major Crime Team was called to investigate, and the Oregon State Police is the lead agency over the investigation.  The investigation into the incident is on-going.

The names of the deputies and the involved individual will be released and a later time, along with further information regarding the investigation, in coordination with the Oregon State Police and Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office.

No deputies were injured during the incident.  Involved deputies will be on paid administrative leave, which is customary during this type of event.  The purpose of the leave is to relieve the deputies from further patrol duties while deputies cope with emotional stress of having been involved in a critical situation, and to permit time for an objective investigation into the incident. 

Image 2 and 3: Youth activities and examples
Image 2 and 3: Youth activities and examples
September - National Preparedness Month (Photo) - 08/31/21

Please see attached full media release with images and links.               


Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Lincoln County Public Health are pleased to promote and locally support the 2021 National Preparedness Month (NPM) campaign.

National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. This year’s NPM theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.” A fitting theme during the COVID-19 pandemic, local droughts, and while reflecting on the 2020 wildfires. 

Local governments and partners work continuously to prepare for emergencies on a community level. This preparation does not replace the need of preparing yourself and family. Emergency preparedness on an individual level is an important step to ensure disaster resiliency. Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Consider updating your personal and family plans based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations for coronavirus and refresh your emergency food, water, and medications. This is a good time to make sure your plans and supplies meet your needs if you or someone in your house has a disability. Taking time now to ensure they will have backup mobility supplies or can properly store and access life-saving medications can make all of the difference later. 

2021 NPM Weekly Themes

Lincoln County Emergency Management Webinars 

In lieu of in person activities, Lincoln County Emergency Management has recorded several virtual sessions to help our communities prepare. Although these presentations were originally created for wildfire preparedness, the content applies to all hazards. 

Lincoln County Emergency Management Videos:

American Red Cross Cascades Region Webinars

The American Red Cross of the Cascades Region offers virtual programs to help adults and children better prepare for emergencies.

Red Cross Presentations and Videos:

  • Be Red Cross Ready – Home Fire Preparedness
    • Recorded Emergency Preparedness Webinar: here 
  • EN ESPAÑOL: Taller virtual de preparación para huracanes e incendios
    • Recorded Emergency Preparedness Webinar: here
  • Be Red Cross Ready – COVID 19
    • Recorded Emergency Preparedness Webinar: here 
  • The Pillowcase Project
    • An interactive preparedness program designed for children in grades 3 through 5. 
    • Request a free presentation here
  • Be Red Cross Ready
    • Basic preparedness information including how to make or build a preparedness kit, make an emergency plan with your family and learn what to do before, during and after disasters of all kinds, including the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Request a free presentation here


Tip of The Week for August 30, 2021 - Discarding Cigarettes From Vehicles (Photo) - 08/26/21



Date:            August 26, 2021                           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:      Sheriff Curtis L. Landers

                   (541) 265-0654



Large wildland fires are a part of living in the Pacific Northwest during the summer months.  Wildland fires are dangerous, costly, and have a severe impact on air quality.  Our partner agencies in the fire service do a great job of providing public information about burning and outdoor recreation restrictions to keep us all educated and safe. Despite their best prevention efforts, firefighters are still called upon to extinguish human-caused wildland fires all over the state.

Discarded cigarettes are a frequent cause of wildland fires along roadways.  Even if the discarded cigarette does not start a fire, throwing them out of the car is still a crime under the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS).  Here is a selection of applicable laws pertaining to discarding cigarettes from a vehicle:

  • Throwing away of lighted matches, cigarettes, and other materials is prohibited

ORS 476.715: “No one shall, at any time, throw away any lighted tobacco, cigars, cigarettes, matches or other lighted material, on any forestland, private road, public highway or railroad right of way within this state.”  This crime is a Class B misdemeanor and applies year-round.

  • Offensive Littering

ORS 164.805 § (a, c): “Discarding or depositing any rubbish, trash, garbage, debris or other refuse upon the land of another without permission of the owner, or upon any public way or in or upon any public transportation facility” or “Permitting any rubbish, trash, garbage, debris or other refuse to be thrown from a vehicle that the person is operating.”  This crime is a Class C misdemeanor and can apply to the person who threw out the cigarette and to the person operating the vehicle.

  • Reckless Burning

ORS 164.335: “A person commits the crime of reckless burning if the person recklessly damages property of another by fire or explosion.” This crime is a Class A misdemeanor.

Despite being a criminal act, discarded cigarette butts detract from the natural beauty of our area.  Discarded cigarettes can contain chemicals and carcinogens that are harmful to animals and the environment.  By properly extinguishing and disposing of cigarette butts, you are doing yourself, the community, and the environment a favor!

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