205 W 5th Ave
Ellensburg, WA 98926-2887
Monday - Friday8 AM - 5 PM
Kittitas (pronounced 'kit-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
Kittitas County, WA -
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office has lowered evacuation levels in some areas affected by the Colockum Tarps Fire:
The evacuation levels have not been changed in some areas. Level 3 Evacuations remain in place for the upper Parke Creek, upper Colockum and Secret Canyon areas, including Hilltop, Sheep Creek, Trail Creek and Tucker Creek.
Fire crews continue to connect and reinforce a challenging two-mile section of fire containment line in steep terrain from the Caribou Road to Powerline Road and Brewton Road across the forested canyons of Stray Creek, Tekison Creek and Little Brushy Creek. The fire danger is still significant until a solid perimeter is established.
Residents can expect to see firefighting equipment and personnel in the vicinity of the fire as the incident management team stages equipment and personnel in strategic locations for efficient access to address changing needs. Several crews work the night shift when conditions are more favorable for firefighting efforts or to complete a specific project that extends beyond a single day’s shift.
Please continue to be aware of the potential for firefighting vehicle traffic, equipment and personnel working and maneuvering along narrow roads.
The Emergency Operations Center would like to thank the public for their continuous support and patience during this fire. The EOC continues to work closely with the fire management team to determine when it will be safe for residents to return home. There have been no reported injuries or major structure losses in Kittitas County. Please contact the EOC if you have an urgent need to access your home. Officials will attempt to resolve that problem if safety considerations permit.
The Red Cross emergency shelter remains open at the Mercer Creek Church, 1407 N. B Street, Ellensburg, for any evacuated residents.
Residents affected by the fire can contact the EOC with questions or concerns, at 509-933-8305, or visit the county website for updates and evacuation maps at http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/. For fire information, please visit http://inciweb.org/incident/3567/, or contact the Colockum Tarps Fire at 509-662-9984.
Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us
Jill Beedle, PIO
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.