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Lincoln Co. - Debris Burning Notice from Fire Defense Board - 07/01/22

Please see attached notice from the Lincoln County Fire Defense Board.


Fire Agencies to begin Debris Burn Bans - Lincoln County, Oregon

With increased temperatures, decreased precipitation, and in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Forestry, several fire agencies in Lincoln County will soon be implementing bans on yard debris burning.

Agencies and Effective Dates:

  • North Lincoln Fire & Rescue – July 10th at dusk
  • Depoe Bay Fire District – July 10th at dusk
  • Newport Fire Department – July 5th 
  • Seal Rock Fire District – July 5th 
  • Central Coast Fire & Rescue – July 5th 
  • Toledo Fire Department – July 5th 
  • Siletz Fire District – July 5th 
  • Yachats Fire District - July 10th at dusk
  • Oregon Department of Forestry – July 6th at 00:01 am

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.

Additional Resource Links:

Fire Districts/Departments of Lincoln County and Oregon Department of Forestry:


Respectfully submitted, 

Jenny Demaris, County Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Tip of The Week For July 4, 2022- Fireworks Safety (Photo) - 06/30/22





Date:           June 30, 2022                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:       Sheriff Curtis L. Landers

                   (541) 265-0654



                                                               FIREWORKS SAFETY


The Fourth of July is just a few days away which means fireworks and celebration. While this year Oregon and our local communities haven’t been encountering very dry conditions, it is still possible that the weather during these months will be a bit dryer in some areas. This increases the potential for fire hazard. Fireworks are recognized as a celebratory activity by many, however, there are some very important safety measures to consider while using and displaying them. Here are some important tips to remember to ensure a safe holiday celebration. 

It is extremely 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 any other article of similar construction or any article containing any explosive or inflammable compound. 

Any tablets or other device containing any explosive substances or inflammable compound are also 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.

Pets are more sensitive to loud noises and flashing lights and strong smells. It is best to leave your pest safely indoors, preferably with a radio or TV turned on to soften jarring noises. If you cannot leave your pet indoors, keep them leashed and under your direct control at all times. Safeguard your pet with a collar and ID tag and possibly a microchip update with your current contact information. 

All fireworks are prohibited in all state parks and on ocean beaches.

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.

Fireworks are not toys. NEVER give fireworks to young children. Close adult supervision of all fireworks activities is mandatory. Even sparklers can be unsafe if used improperly. 

Read and follow all warnings and instructions on fireworks. Be sure that people maintain a safe distance from where fireworks are ignited. Never light and throw any fireworks. Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from buildings, dry leaves, and flammable materials. Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned. Keep a bucket of water handy in case of a malfunction and fire dangers due to current drought conditions. Please be mindful. 

Please have a safe Fourth of July.

For more information and tips, visit our web site at and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

Tip of The Week For June 27, 2022 - Outdoor Grilling Safety (Photo) - 06/23/22

                    TIP OF THE WEEK


Date:          June 23, 2022                       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:      Sheriff Curtis Landers





                                                             OUTDOOR GRILLING SAFETY


There's nothing better on a summer day than cooking out on the grill! Since there are many different types of grills, we would like to share some safety tips for whatever you're planning to cook on whatever grill you will be using. These helpful tips come from the National Fire Protection Association at


  • 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.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills 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 gas grill each year. You can do this by applying a light soap and water solution to 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 away from heat sources.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the charcoals cool completely before disposing of them in a metal container.
  • 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 20, 2022 - Move Over. It's the Law. (Photo) - 06/16/22

Date:           June 16, 2022         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:       Sheriff Curtis Landers







Every day, law enforcement officers and emergency workers put their lives on the line to save ours. Even a routine traffic stop has become risky business. The following information comes from the Oregon Department of Transportation:

There are many cases where officers are pulled over on the side of the road when inattentive drivers crash into them at high speeds. That’s why there’s a strict law in Oregon designed to protect the people we depend on to protect us.

The Move Over Law (ORS 811.147) states that if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated, you must:

  • MOVE OVER into another available lane.
  • If you can’t safely change lanes, SLOW DOWN to a speed that is at least 5 mph below the posted or designated speed of the roadway. 
  • In all cases, the driver must try to provide as much room as possible for the emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle.

The Move Over Law is in place to help protect law enforcement officers, emergency workers, tow operators and those who routinely provide assistance to motorists along the highways. This group of dedicated professionals face a deadly threat on a daily basis: speeding and inattentive drivers. But the law also exists to protect you. The flashing lights are your cue to move over and slow down. 

If you are approaching the scene of a crash, carefully watch for emergency workers directing traffic and follow all of their instructions. 

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

Annual Lincoln Alerts Test - 06/09/22

This is a test of the emergency communications system. Below is the email message being distributed by Lincoln Alerts today. 

Had this been a real emergency, Lincoln County Emergency Management would use FlashAlert to communicate public messages to our media cooperators.

Good morning Lincoln County Community Members,

The message you are receiving today is part of the countywide test of the Lincoln County emergency notification system, Lincoln Alerts.

We are distributing the annual test messages in the following order to ensure all features of our system are working correctly. You should receive separate messages on your different registered devices.

  1. Social Media, Media Release (Flash Alert), and the Emergency Alert System (EAS) - public radio message.
  2. Keywords – for community information updates; this is a separate from your Lincoln Alerts profile.
  3. Email/Text/Lincoln Alerts Mobile App to Lincoln Alert Profiles/Web registration.
    1. If you did not receive this message via text to one of your mobile devices then check your Lincoln Alerts Profile to ensure you have the “SMS TEXT #” option with your mobile number included – if this field is not selected you will not receive a text message.
  4. Cellular/landline voice calls (calls will start after 9:00 am to 1pm based on your addresses in your Lincoln Alerts profile).
    1. If you confirm the voice call test message on one of your devices, it will not go to the other devices that receive voice calls in your profile. However, if you have more than one address in your profile, you may receive a separate voice call for each address in your profile.
    2. If your phone number is also contained in another family member’s profile and they confirm the message it may not go to your phone number. We recommend that you do not duplicate phone numbers in other family member profiles – it could prevent you from receiving the notice if they confirm their message.


Lincoln Alerts Profile Wellness Check:

If you did not receive a notice to one of your devices by 1pm, we encourage you to log into your Lincoln Alerts profile to ensure your information is up to date.  We have a Lincoln Alerts Wellness Check (English) (Spanish) with tips on how to make sure you profile is up to date. 


Lincoln Alerts Log In Page to Update/Delete Current Lincoln Alerts Profile or Retrieve Password:


Lincoln Alerts User Guides:

  • User guides are available for our Lincoln Alerts mobile app, how to update or create a new profile.


Lincoln Alerts Notification Page and Other Language Options:

  • Bookmark our message portal page in your mobile phone/internet favorites to view future communications/notifications from Lincoln Alerts or to review messages in other languages.


Annual Test Participant Feedback Survey: 

  • Consider providing feedback via our survey on our test today, after you receive the voice call notifications - Click Here

Other Questions

  • Call 541-265-0616


Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office thanks you for your participation.



Virginia "Jenny" Demaris,
County Emergency Manager

Tip of The Week For June 13, 2022 - Summer Time Crime Prevention (Photo) - 06/09/22


                     TIP OF THE WEEK


Date:           June 09, 2022                       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:       Sheriff Curtis Landers






Summer brings warmer weather, longer days and, unfortunately, an increase in burglaries. You can exercise renewed diligence to reduce or eliminate the occurrence of these crimes. 

Keep vehicles locked with the windows up at all times when parked at your home.  Remove all valuables including purses, cell phones, electronic devices, gym bags, briefcases etc.

Avoid Home Improvement scamsBeware of anyone offering to perform an unscheduled home repair or asking to gain entry into your home.  Ask for identification, contact the company they say they work for to verify employment and ask for authorization for them to be at your property. Never agree to pay for home improvement services until the work has been completed.  Don’t sign home improvement contracts without reading the entire contract carefully and discussing anything that doesn’t seem clear with the company and trusted family members.

Keep doors closed and locked.  This includes garages, sheds and patio doors.  Burglaries from open garages, sheds and residences are more prevalent in summer months and often occur while the homeowner is outside in the backyard.

Unattended bicycles should always be locked to something sturdy.  Remember when you stop to rest, eat or use restroom facilities, an unlocked and unattended bike is an invitation to theft.

Vacation plans?  Have a trusted neighbor or friend pick up your mail and newspapers. Set inside lights on a timer.  Set your home alarm. Use a home security camera so you can check in while you are away. Have a neighbor keep an eye on your house and make sure to leave a contact phone number for them to reach you in case of an emergency. 


Take some simple steps to reduce your risk of becoming a victim of crime.


For more information and tips, visit our web site at  and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

Photo - ACS 2
Photo - ACS 2
CERT and ACS Teams to Conduct Communications Drill as Part of Cascadia Rising Exercise (Photo) - 06/06/22

See attached documents for full media release. 



Date:               June 6, 2022           

Contact:           Virginia “Jenny” Demaris, Emergency Manager
                       (541) 265-4199

CERT and ACS Teams to Conduct Communications Drill as Part of Cascadia Rising Exercise

(06.06.22 – Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on behalf of local CERT Chapters) 

On Saturday, June 11, 2022, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) members will be supporting the 2022 Cascadia Rising exercise (CR22) by conducting a communications and simulated damage assessment drill. 

CERT and ACS members will be in various neighborhoods across the county, practicing skills needed to conduct neighborhood damage assessments and then relaying the information to area command hubs. CERT members will collect the simulated damage assessment information, summarize, then relay to members of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office ACS team. The ACS Team Members will then forward the information via amateur radio to the County Emergency Operations Center mobile communication center. 

The CERT Members and ACS Members will utilize several forms of communication during the exercise and may hear terms such as “this is a practice drill for local area CERT Chapters” on these frequencies. Information relayed during the drill will include deteriorating road conditions, infrastructure failures, fires, and civil unrest. A reminder for anyone that may be listening on their own amateur radio or scanner - the information reported during this drill is all simulated. Communication that will be utilized include FRS, GMSR and Amateur Radio:

  • FRS – Family Radio Service The Family Radio Service (FRS) is a private, two-way, short-distance voice communications service for facilitating family and group activities. The most common use for FRS channels is using small hand-held radios that are similar to walkie-talkies.
  • GMRS – General Mobile Radio Service - The General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) is a licensed radio service for short-distance, two-way voice communications using hand-held radios, mobile radios and repeater systems. In 2017, the FCC expanded GMRS to also allow short data messaging applications including text messaging and GPS location information.
  • Amateur Radio Service (HAM) – The Amateur Radio Service is made up millions of amateur operators in all areas of the world who communicate with each other directly or through ad hoc relay systems and amateur-satellites. They exchange messages by voice, teleprinting, telegraphy, facsimile, and television. In areas where the FCC regulates the services, an amateur operator must have an FCC or Canadian license. FCC-issued Reciprocal Permit for Alien Amateur Licensee are no longer needed. 

The local area CERT Chapters have approximately 169 active volunteers between the 4 Chapters and ACS has approximately 70 active volunteers. 

Points of Contact for Local CERT Chapters of Lincoln County

Volunteer Group

Contact Name

Contact Email

Depoe Bay CERT (Depoe Bay Fire District)

Sherry Beard


North Lincoln CERT (North Lincoln Fire District)

Raul Grimes, CERT PIO


Central Coast CERT (Newport/Newport Fire District)

Mike Eastman, CERT Volunteer Coordinator


South Lincoln County CERT (Seal Rock, Waldport, Yachats)

Lynda Engle, CERT Volunteer Coordinator


Auxiliary Communications Service – Sheriffs’ Office – EM Division

Jenny Demaris, Co. Emergency Manager


Interested in becoming a CERT or ACS volunteer? Learn more about the Lincoln County Public Safety volunteer groups and how you can serve your community. 


Respectfully submitted, 

Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Emergency Management Division