Kittitas County Public Service Announcement
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Table Mountain Fire - Kittitas County EOC Update 9-19-12
Kittitas County, WA - 09/19/2012 - The Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center has received notice that the Washington State Department of Transportation has closed a portion of US97 due to fire activity in the area.
US97 Blewett Pass is closed from milepost 150 at the Lauderdale junction of SR970 to milepost 177, eight miles south of the junction with US2.
Level 3 Evacuations remain in effect for the area encompassing Elk Springs Road and Upper Green Canyon Road east to Wilson Creek Road and above the northern-most set of power lines. This area includes 135 improved parcels.
In the Liberty area, level 3 evacuations are still in place for Williams Creek Road, Harkness Road, Pine Gulch Road east of Red Top Road, Cougar Gulch Road, Boulder Creek Road and Liberty Mountain Association.
A Level 2 Evacuation notification remains in effect for Liberty Road from US97 to Boulder Creek Road (the end of the county road), this includes the town of Liberty and any driveways directly connected to Liberty Road up to Boulder Creek Road; Pine Gulch Road west of Red Top Road, including Red Top Road; and from the Lauderdale junction north to Mineral Springs on the east side of US97 – only residences directly connected to US97.
A Level 1 Evacuation notification is also still in place for the western corridor of US97 from the Lauderdale junction to Mineral Springs, including the Liberty Café area.
The EOC will continue to reevaluate evacuation levels through the night. Residents are encouraged to monitor the Kittitas County website, http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/, for updates and to view the interactive map, under the Table Mountain Fire response page.
A Red Cross emergency shelter is set up at the Mercer Creek Church at 1407 N. B Street, Ellensburg.
An emergency small animal and livestock shelter is set up at the Kittitas County Event Center-Fairgrounds.
Residents affected by the fire can contact the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center at 509-933-8305 for additional evacuation information.
Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us
Contact (media only): Undersheriff Clay Myers 509-962-7525 or 509-925-8534