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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.
On July 19, 2014 there were 4 guests who arrived from Sanda City, Japan for a camping/hiking experience
in Kittitas County.
Junichi Matsuo, Katoro Irie and his two young sons Yuki and Takuto Irie were led by Mike Van Epps and
his family where they spent two nights tent camping in the Salmon La Sac area. The group experienced
some beautiful hikes with Rich Smith and Josephine Camarillo in the mountain area. The group also learned
how to fly fish and tie flies with Kevin Kjorsvik, pan for gold, play outdoor games and experience singing
campfire songs with David Lundy.
During their visit Junichi Matsuo from the Sanda City Fire Headquarters gave two presentations for local
emergency agencies and members of the public on the importance of community disaster preparedness. He
urged local government and emergency officials to work on forming neighborhood self-help groups and
to undertake regular drills to protect themselves, rescue each other or assist each other to safe shelters
in case of a disaster. Mr. Matsuo was also able to go along with local emergency officials to see recent
wildfire damage in Kittitas County. He toured the local Fire Department, ate dinner with fellow firefighters
and visited KITTCOM and the Department of Natural Resources.
The group stayed the week with local host families Kevin & Julie Kjorsvik; Mike & Dora Van Epps;
Kevin & Josephine Camarillo. They also experienced a tour of Central Washington University, the
Kittitas County Farmers Market, Ellensburg High School (and even played some basketball), watched a
baseball game of local high school students and attended Ellensburg's famous Jazz In the Valley event.
The group left Ellensburg on the morning of July 26, 2014 to return to Sanda City, Japan. Although the
week was very busy, it was a great adventure and a lot of fun for all involved.
Fire Stations Brochure 1
Fire Stations Brochure 2
Japan Great Earthquake PowerPoint
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.