Vandals in Coos County

Guy wires cut, causing radio tower used by Oregon firefighters to topple

“The tower at this location is used for emergency communication for Loggers, Fire Personnel and Ham Radio Operators,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “This is an integral piece of infrastructure in the woods in this particular region, especially with the onset of fire season. Loss of this capability is dangerous to responders, and could greatly impact logging and firefighting operations.” (CCSO)

COOS BAY, Ore. – Someone cut the guy wires holding up a 150-foot tall repeater tower, causing the tower to fall, the Coos County Sheriff’s Office said.

The vandalism caused in excess of $60,000 in damage, investigators estimated.

The crime is being investigated as felony Criminal Mischief.

“A reward is being posted for the identification and conviction of the parties responsible for committing this crime,” the sheriff’s office said.

“The tower at this location is used for emergency communication for Loggers, Fire Personnel and Ham Radio Operators,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “This is an integral piece of infrastructure in the woods in this particular region, especially with the onset of fire season. Loss of this capability is dangerous to responders, and could greatly impact logging and firefighting operations.” (CCSO)

Deputies learned of the damage Monday morning. The investigation suggests the damage happened over the weekend.

The tower is located on Coos Mountain off BLM 26-10-27 1 Road.

“The tower at this location is used for emergency communication for Loggers, Fire Personnel and Ham Radio Operators,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “This is an integral piece of infrastructure in the woods in this particular region, especially with the onset of fire season. Loss of this capability is dangerous to responders, and could greatly impact logging and firefighting operations.”

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Sgt. Floyd at (541) 396-7814 or the Coos County Sheriff’s Office at (541) 396-7830 .

Source: W7OEC / Oregon EmComm Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/w7oec/posts/2483222308375318