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Evacuation Levels Updated for Jolly Mountain Fire 09/22/2017
Effective immediately, the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center has changed several evacuation levels for the Jolly Mountain Fire.
Boby found in submerged car near Roza Dam 09/19/2017
Kittitas County Deputies responded to a submerged vehicle in the Roza Dam reservoir on the Yakima River. Kittitas County Sheriff's Office Dive Team found a deceased adult male inside of the submerged vehicle.
West Nile virus confirmed in Kittitas County horse 09/19/2017
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) reports that West Nile virus (WNV) has been confirmed in a horse in Kittitas County. The confirmed case is in a fifteen year old quarter horse gelding. That horse is currently being treated. Washington State Department of Health (DOH) confirmed the horse did not travel outside of Washington State and was not vaccinated for West Nile virus.
How to Be Prepared: Effects of Wildfire Increase Flood Risks 09/18/2017
The Jolly Mountain Fire has burned more than 36,808 acres of land 6 miles northwest of Cle Elum since August 11, 2017. With rain in the forecast, it is important to remember that large scale wildfires dramatically change terrain and ground conditions, which increases the risk of flooding and mudflows.
Cómo prepararse: los efectos de los incendios forestales aumentan los riesgos de inundación 09/18/2017
El incendio de Jolly Mountain ha quemado más de 36,808 acres de tierra 6 millas al noroeste de Cle Elum desde el 11 de agosto, 2017. Con lluvia en el pronóstico, es importante recordar que los incendios forestales a gran escala cambian dramáticamente el terreno y las condiciones del suelo, lo que aumenta el riesgo de inundaciones y flujos de lodo.
Evacuation Advisory To Be Reduced from Bear Creek to Night Sky Drive on Saturday 09/15/2017
Effective at 8:00am Saturday morning (9/16), the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center will officially reduce the Evacuation Level 3 Advisory to a Level 2 Advisory from Bear Creek to Night Sky Drive, allowing more residents affected by the Jolly Mountain Fire to return home.
More Evacuation Advisories Reduced for Jolly Mountain Fire 09/13/2017
Effective today (Wednesday 9/13), the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center officially reduced the Evacuation Advisories in several areas affected by the Jolly Mountain Fire.
Residents Allowed to Return to Homes in Teanaway 09/12/2017
Effective at 9:00am this morning (Tuesday 9/12), the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center officially reduced the Evacuation Advisory in certain parts of the Teanaway area, allowing residents affected by the Jolly Mountain Fire to return home.
Se les permite regresar a sus hogares a los Residentes de Teanaway 09/12/2017
Efectivo a las 9 de la mañana (martes 9/12), El Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia (EOC) del Condado de Kittitas, redujo oficialmente el aviso de evacuación en ciertas partes del área de Teanaway, permitiendo que los residentes afectados por el incendio de Jolly Mountain regresen a sus hogares.
Public Hearing for Proposed Changes to Kittitas County Water Code 09/12/2017
On Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 10:00 am the Board of Health (BOH) and Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will hold a joint public hearing to consider revisions to Kittitas County Code Title 13 Water & Sewers and the 2017 Kittitas County Public Health Department Fee Schedule and Policy. The public hearing will be held in the commissioners’ auditorium located at 205 W 5th Street in Ellensburg.
Anticipated Reopening of West Fork and Middle Fork Teanaway and Lower Lake Cle Elum areas 09/11/2017
The Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center, at the recommendation of the Fire Team, anticipates lowering the evacuation levels early this week in specific areas affected by the Jolly Mountain Fire.
Watch the Kittitas County Community Health Assessment Process in Action 09/11/2017
The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) is working in collaboration with the Kittitas County Health Network (KCHN) to create a county wide community health assessment. The Community Health Assessment (CHA) is an assessment of the county’s health, which occurs every five years, in order to make improvements to community health through collaboration with partners.
Temporary Shelter Continues to Receive Air Monitoring 09/08/2017
The Red Cross shelter located at the Putnam Centennial Center in Cle Elum at 719 E 3rd Street is continuing to receive indoor air monitoring. Indoor air monitoring from September 7, shows an “unhealthy for sensitive groups” level, which is healthier than the external air quality.
Hiker Recued from Pacific Crest Trail 09/08/2017
On Wednesday evening 9/6/17 at around 6:40 PM, Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to check on an activation of a Personal Locator Beacon in the area of the Pacific Crest Trail near Waptus Lake, about 25 miles northwest of Cle Elum in the remote backcountry. The beacon was registered to 73 year old Robert Davis of Tennessee. No other information was provided or available.
EOC UPDATE FOR JOLLY MOUNTAIN FIRE 09/08/2017
The Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center is continually working with the Pacific Northwest 2 Type 1 Incident Management Team to evaluate evacuation levels and road closures with regards to the Jolly Mountain Fire. Going into the weekend, the EOC does not anticipate lowering any current evacuation levels.
Indoor air monitoring at Ellensburg & Kittitas schools shows poor air quality 09/07/2017
Upon request of Ellensburg School District and Kittitas School District, the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) conducted indoor air monitoring at all Ellensburg and Kittitas school buildings yesterday. Indoor air readings ranged from “unhealthy” (red) to “hazardous” (dark red) leading to the districts’ decision to close schools until at least Monday, September 11th.
Construction Update - Taneum Road Bridge Replacement and Washout Repair 09/06/2017
Construction efforts to replace the existing timber and concrete bridge at the intersection of East Taneum Road and North Thorp Highway, and the repairs needed to restore two lanes of travel through the washed out portion of West Taneum Road at MP 3.94 will begin on Monday September 11th, 2017.
Construction Update – Huntzinger Road Safety Improvements 09/06/2017
Construction efforts to improve the safety of Huntzinger Road from I-90 to the Wanapum Recreation Area Campground, MP 0.66 to 2.69 will begin on Monday September 11th, 2017. Improvements will include the installation of guardrail at identified hazard locations and the installation of flexible guide posts.
Bar 14 Road Bridge Over Naneum Creek Reopened to One Way Traffic 09/06/2017
The bridge over Naneum Creek on Bar 14 Road has been closed due to April flood events. Public Works has spent the last several months working to free debris, re-establish flows and evaluate the structural capacity after the bridge sustained significant damage. Results indicate that a portion of the existing bridge is no longer able to support traffic.
Plans & Resources Available Should Evacuation Need Arise 09/06/2017
The Jolly Mountain Fire continues to affect the lives of residents in the Upper County area. Special attention has been made to create an evacuation plan in the event evacuation levels are upgraded to Level 3.