Sept. 8, 2022 — Western Lane Fire and EMS Authority (WLFEA) was notified today, Sept. 8, that its servive area will be entering red flag weather conditions starting Friday, Sept. 9. This means high temperatures and high winds will be present and could create dangerous fire conditions.
Effective immediately, the region will be at an extreme fire danger level.
The Oregon Department of Forestry is forecasting easterly winds and low humidity during this time. WLFEA will be following Oregon Department of Forestry Extreme fire danger recommendations and Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) 3 starting Sept. 8 through the weekend, with a strong likelihood the fire danger may be reduced to high on Monday, Sept. 12.
Additionally, Oregon State Parks will have a campground ban on fires during this time. A list of fire restrictions may be found on the ODF website at www.oregon.gov/odf/fire/Pages/restrictions.aspx.
WLFEA’s Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue provides an all-hazards emergency response to 18,585 people over 98 square miles. Western Lane Ambulance District provides emergency medical service (EMS) to 20,923 people over 564 square miles. Together, the agencies include full-time, part-time and volunteer personnel that respond to an average of 4,500 calls per year. On Oct. 1, 2019, the administrative offices of Siuslaw Valley Fire/Rescue and Western Lane Ambulance District combined to form Western Lane Fire and EMS Authority.
All campfires in Lane County campgrounds, day use areas and beaches are prohibited effective at 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 8, through at least 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9. Stoves and propane fire pits that can be turned off by a valve are permitted as long as they are kept on blacktop or gravel surfaces.