Hot Temperatures To Hit The Coast And Valley

There is a heat advisory in affect for Lincoln County Friday and Saturday. A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. It is advised to drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sunshine, and check up on relatives and

neighbors. Take extra precautions, if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Today’s high’s along the coast are expected to be in the mid 70’s and warmer inland. Tomorrow temperatures are expected in the mid 80’s on the coast with an east wind. The warmer temperatures also create a higher fire danger.

Summer heat and dry landscapes increase the risk of wildfires. With some parts of the state already having declared fire season in effect, fire officials would remind all Oregonians to be aware of fire danger when working or recreating outdoors. Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Prevention Coordinator Tom Fields said given the right conditions, a fire can start almost any time of year.

More than 125 fires have burned 170 acres of forest and grasslands under ODF’s protection this year. The majority have resulted from debris burning and caused by people recreating such as campfires, fireworks and target shooting. Campgrounds are best for campfires. If you are planning a campfire on the beach keep it contained and small. Don’t use driftwood or pallets for the fire.

Don’t bury the fire in sand, as sand holds the heat and wind can blow the sand re-igniting the fire. Have water and a shovel close by at all times. Put the fire completely out before leaving. For more fire safety information go online to oregon dot gov slash odf or check with your local area fire department.