By Kiera Morgan
At about 11:20 pm Wednesday night (7/29) Toledo fire crews were toned out to a report of a fire off of Yasek Loop in Toledo. A tree fell against some power lines taking three of them out. This is what caused the power outage Wednesday night. Firefighters from Toledo and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) arrived on scene to put the fire out before it could spread.
According to Toledo Fire Chief Will Ewing the fire behavior was extreme and was an aggressive fire because of the current dry conditions. He said it was also a challenge because of the power outage as they had limited lighting to work with. He said Central Lincoln PUD was on scene very quickly to remove the lines so the fire crews could get their equipment up and put the fire out. Ewing said this fire was a challenge as it was up a hill with a lot of brush. Some firefighters even got stung by bees. Once the fire was extinguished PUD was able to restore power around 4am.
ODF crews finished mop up of the fire on July 30th. Another fire occurred on July 18th when ODF and Toledo fire crews responded to a fire off of Elk City road. That burned over 6-acres. Ewing said those who live near wooded areas need to take some precautions to protect their property in the event of a fire. Chief Ewing said the dry hot weather is a real concern when it comes to fire right now. “We are as combustible as the rest of the state right now. People really need to be cautious when they are doing anything in the woods.
Ewing said the next couple of weeks are expected to be very busy for the fire services in Oregon. Today Central Coast, Newport, Yachats and Toledo fire departments have sent six apparatus and 15-firefighters to Days Creek in southern Oregon to help with the Stout Creek fire.