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Correction Officer Promoted (Corrected picture) 12/06/2017
On December 6th at 10:00 AM, Kittitas County Correction Officer Richard Foreman was promoted to Corporal by Sheriff Gene Dana.
Teanaway River Fire Update 10/07/2017
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office has canceled evacuation notices for residents affected by the Teanaway River fire that started yesterday. Under State Mobilization authorization, the Southeast Washington Interagency Incident Management Team has taken over command of the fire, which is estimated at 250 acres.
Level 3 “GO” Evacuations Issued in Teanaway due to Brush Fire 10/06/2017
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office has issued Level 3 “Go Now” Evacuation Notices to about 20 homes in the Teanaway due to a brush fire. The fire started in the 8500 block of Teanaway Road and quickly spread to both sides of the roadway.
Todos los niveles de evacuación se eliminarán para Jolly Mountain Fire el 29 de Sept. de 2017 09/29/2017
A partir de la medianoche del viernes 29 de septiembre, el Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia del Condado de Kittitas eliminará todos los niveles de evacuación para el Jolly Mountain Fire. El fuego sigue ardiendo en el remoto y el terreno extremadamente escabroso a lo largo del perímetro norte. La amenaza a los hogares y propiedad privada ya no es un factor en los perímetros occidental, meridional y oriental.
All Evacuation Levels to be Removed for Jolly Mountain Fire on 9-29-17 09/28/2017
The Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center will remove all remaining evacuation levels for the Jolly Mountain Fire as of midnight Friday, September 29th. While the fire continues to burn in the remote and extremely rugged terrain along the northern perimeter, the threat to homes and private property is no longer a factor along the western, southern and eastern perimeters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Planes y recursos disponibles en caso de necesidad de evacuación 09/06/2017
El incendio de Jolly Mountain continúa afectando las vidas de los residentes en el área del Condado Superior. Se ha prestado especial atención a crear un plan de evacuación en el caso de que los niveles de evacuación pasen al nivel 3.
Air Quality Recommendations 09/05/2017
The Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center has received and supports a recommendation from the Kittitas County Public Health Officer Dr. Mark Larson with respect to air quality. The EOC strongly encourages adherence by all residents and organizations, especially those involving youth activities, to the following recommendations.
EVACUATION NOTICES UPDATED FOR JOLLY MOUNTAIN FIRE (9-2-17) 09/02/2017
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office has updated the following evacuation notices for the Jolly Mountain Fire:

Level 3 – all residences north of Double O Ranch Road all the way north to the Boulder Creek area
Update from Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center (9-2-17) 09/02/2017
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office has completed Level 3 and Level 2 evacuation notices in the Roslyn, Ronald and Lake Cle Elum areas, with assistance from numerous supporting agencies. Deputies and supporting law enforcement officers began the door to door notification process for nearly 2,200 residences around 11:00pm Friday and concluded mid-day Saturday. Another 2,021 residences in Cle Elum are under a Level 1 notice as the Jolly Mountain Fire continues to grow to the north.