WMG Publishing Evacuated Out of Lincoln City, Oregon…
Actually, all the employees did. And all of our writer friends also got out safely. But wow, what a mess it was there early this morning.
The New WMG Publishing offices are in a level 2 evacuation zone. And all employees homes are in the same zone. Seems last night the fire that started up in the valley going toward Portland grew immensely and came into the north side of Lincoln City. To what extent we don’t yet know. Massive rumors of all sorts of stuff.
No writers lived in that area, thankfully, but family of some of the WMG staff do. No idea what has happened to their homes. Fingers crossed. But all of them got out ahead of the flames, thankfully.
Numbers of writers were in the level 2 zone, and since all but one road in and out of town was closed, they pretty much all got out and headed down the coast. Some went into the valley with family, some are in hotels down the coast.
As for the professional writers who live in town, Stephanie Writt and Val Brooks headed south to Yahats. (Same hotel as Allyson from WMG.)
Dan Duval, fresh out of heart surgery, went south to his bookstore at first to get out of the smoke and be safe, then when it looked like the fire had stopped forward progress, he went back home with a bag packed and his cat ready to bail. But he lives right beside where they were bringing evacuees, so pretty safe. Plus recovering from heart surgery he was better at home as long as he could stay.
Sheldon MacArthur, the famous book dealer lives near Dan. He and his wife also stayed with bags near the front door and animals ready to go. He is a pro at this sort of thing, having to evacuate numbers of times when he lived down in Malibu.
Chris and Steve York went south from their place to the Inn At Spanish Head hotel, where Chris used to work. Maybe the safest place on all of the coast since it is a ten story concrete hotel built on a cliff face above the ocean with nothing to burn around it.
Writer Michael Kowel and his wife headed south and then into the valley.
All Kris and I could do was stay in touch with everyone as they scrambled under horrid condition to get to safety. Just flat scary worrying all morning for our friends, but nothing compared to what they went (and are going) through. Not even close.
And not sure when they will be letting people back into Lincoln City. Maybe Friday when the wind shifts to off the ocean.
Oregon, so far, has lost five towns almost completely. (Not counting the damage to the north side of Lincoln City.) When Kris and I lived outside of Eugene before moving to the coast, we were close to a small town called Vida. I guess it is now gone, from what the news has said. Very sad.
In my 70 years of living on the West Coast of this country, I have never seen anything like this. And this is a long ways from over for a lot of people, sadly.
Stay safe out there. Be smart.