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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.
With great sadness we report that on Friday, September 28, a single-vehicle accident in the Ahtanum State Forest claimed the lives of two DNR Southeast Region firefighters. Matthew Trost, 20, from Canyon Country, California, had been a member of our Ahtanum 20 Hand Crew for 2 years, and was a senior firefighter on the crew this year. Samuel Amaral-Gallaway, 20, of Yakima, was on his third season with DNR; he served most of the summer on Southeast Engine 561, and had recently moved from the engine to join the Ahtanum crew for the remainder of their season.
This tragic accident has affected the Ahtanum crew deeply; their crew superintendent was first on the scene of the accident, and 3 crew members were at work that day and provided assistance with the response. The crew is extremely close this year, as they have been deployed to fire assignments all but…
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This short video begins by showing the progression of the Table Mountain Fire from September 15 to September 29. It includes footage of hotshot crews performing firing operations with drip torches, and aerial footage from a helicopter flying the fire area. It concludes with scenes of a County Commissioners tour of the Boulder Lookout area from before the extreme fire activity of 9/19. The conclusion also includes footage from 9/28, showing how firefighters were able to keep damage in the area to a minimum.
Free workshop intended for forest landowners
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), WSU Extension, and other partners are hosting a free workshop for all forest landowners in the affected areas of Taylor Bridge and Table Mountain wildfires. Without active management after a wildfire, it could take decades to reestablish desired vegetation, if at all.
Who: Forest landowners affected by wildfires
What: A free workshop to learn how to restore forestland after wildfire
When: October 13, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Unionville Ranch, 1750 Emerick Road, Cle Elum, WA
Why: This workshop will help forest landowners assess the wildfire impacts to forest and range property and provide ideas and assistance opportunities for restoring forest and rangeland resources. Also, there will be information about reducing wildfire risk on forest property.
An afternoon discussion will include a short walk where participants will learn how to assess fire severity and vegetation impacts. Participants should bring a lunch, appropriate clothing, and comfortable walking shoes. Refreshments will be provided.
For more information about the topics that will be included, view the ‘After the Burn Workshop’ brochure.
RSVP by calling 509-962-7507 or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Washington State University Extension
- USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
- U.S. Forest Service
- Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife
- Kittitas County Conservation District
- Kittitas County
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