Fires Continue to Plague Oregon; Coast Guard Carries the Torch; Planning Commission Meeting

Fires Continue to Plague Oregon

Fire Danger continues to grow across Oregon as dry conditions permeate the state.  Increased winds along with hot dry conditions have contributed to increased fire activity.  The Oregon Department of Forestry reports that the Lobster Creek fire northeast of Gold Beach is 75% contained and believed to be human caused.  It has been burning since july 2nd and has covered over 397 acres.  Another significant fire is the Klamathon Fire which began in Northern California but has since burned more than a thousand acres on BLM lands in Oregon.  Fire danger remains high in Lane County and fire officials are warning that any spark could cause significant damage.  No burning is allowed in the county and while some reprieve is predicted in the forecast,  warm and dry conditions will continue.

Coast Guard Carries the Torch

The U.S. Coast Guard completed a 21 mile run for the Special Olympic’s Torch Run on Friday.  The run stretched from Gardiner through Florence along highway 101.  The USCG Station Siuslaw River received the torch from the USCG Station Umpqua River located in Winchester Bay. And will be passed on to the USCG Station Yaquina Bay this week.  USCG Chief Petty Officer Dan Nielsen, who organized the local Coast Guard participation says that he was thankful that the local Coast Guard stations were able to participate in this event and fully support the athletes competing in the Special Olympics.

Planning Commission Meeting

The City of Florence Planning commission will meet tomorrow evening at the Florence Event Center.  On their agenda is a request by the Oregon Coast Humane Society for an extension of a conditional use permit to place a temporary metal storage container to serve as a mobile building space for storage.  The previous approval is set to run out on July 14th and OCHS requires more time in order to fulfill the request.  The meeting will be tomorrow evening at 5:30 pm.