Kittitas County Sheriff Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Table Mountain Fire – Evacuation Levels Updated 10/03/12
Kittitas County, WA – 10/03/2012 – The Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center has reduced and removed evacuation levels and has coordinated the reopening of more state lands in the Table Mountain Fire area, effective 6pm today.
The Level 2 & 3 notifications have been removed for the southern foothills area (north of Ellensburg), including Elk Springs Road, Upper Green Canyon Road, Wilson Creek Road, Reecer Creek Road, Robbins Road. There are no evacuation restrictions in this area, however, road closures will remain in effect at the southern boundary line of the forest lands.
All residences in the Liberty area are now under a Level 2 evacuation notification, which restricts access to local traffic and residents only. This includes the town of Liberty, Liberty Road, Pine Gulch Road, Red Top Road, Williams Creek Road, Harkness Road, Cougar Gulch Road, Boulder Creek Road and Liberty Mountain Association.
Level 1 & 2 notifications have been removed for the US97 corridor from the Lauderdale junction to Mineral Springs, including the Liberty Cafe area, on both sides of the highway. There are no evacuation restrictions in this area.
Also effective at 6pm today, state lands have been reopened east of Coleman Canyon Road to the intersection of Naneum Ridge Road, including the areas of Coleman, Rue, Cooke, Four Corners, Jumpoff, Pole Flats and Stemilt Basin.
All state forest land west of Coleman Canyon Road remains closed until further notice, including the areas of Dawson, Schnebly, Boulder Creek, Swift Creek, Green Cabin and Naneum Basin. The purpose of this continued closure is to provide for firefighter safety for personnel still working on the fire lines.
The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest east of US97 to the Naneum State Forest also will remain closed.
Residents are encouraged to check out the interactive map on the Kittitas County website,http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/, under the Table Mountain Fire response page, for a visual interpretation of these evacuation and closure changes.
For additional evacuation or road closure information, please call the EOC at 509-933-8305.