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Brush fire forces evacuation of the town of Vantage and closes I-90 east and westbound 07/10/2018
Approximately 200 people in the Vantage Huntzinger area have been affected by a Level 3 Evacuation notice put out by the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office as a result of the fire. Firefighters performing structural protection in Vantage insured no homes were lost during the night.
Idaho man drowns in Tuck Lake 07/09/2018
On July, 8, 2018, Kittitas County Deputies responded to a drowning in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area. 37 year old, Post Falls resident Michael Mitchell had day hiked into Tuck Lake with his brother and another friend.
Search and Rescue Conference is coming to Ellensburg 06/15/2018
You will see a lot of brightly colored and reflective Search and Rescue shirts around Ellensburg starting next week. Ellensburg will be hosting the Washington State Search and Rescue Conference, which will be hosted at CWU and the Kittitas Valley Event Center starting on Monday, June 18th through Sunday, June 24th. The Conference is internationally recognized and attended by volunteers throughout the world.
Kittitas County Search and Rescue respond to an injured hiker in the Teanaway 06/13/2018
On June 12, 2018, Kittitas County Search and Rescue volunteers were called upon to assist in rescuing a Duvall resident that had possibly broken her ankle in the Teanaway area.
Accidental shooting claims the life of 12 year old Arlington girl 05/29/2018
Sydney Darnell was taken off life support Monday the 28th and death was pronounced at 9:30 AM by Harborview physicians.
Early morning injury crash on Salmon La Sac Road 05/25/2018
On Friday, May 25, 2018 at approximately 7:17am, deputies and fire and EMS crews were dispatched to a single vehicle injury rollover accident in the 17000 block of Salmon La Sac Road, north of Ronald.
Large forensic search continues in Manastash area today 5/20/18
Volunteer search teams and law enforcement officials from across the state continue a large scale forensic search in the Manastash area today. Investigators are searching for anything that may be related to the skeletal remains found last fall that were later identified as those of Lindsey Baum, a 10-year-old girl last seen on June 26, 2009, in McCleary, WA, on her way home from a friend’s house.
Additional forensic search planned in Manastash area 05/18/2018
On Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office will oversee an additional multi-agency forensic search in connection to skeletal remains that were found in the fall of 2017 in the Manastash area of Kittitas County. DNA testing on the remains identified them to be those of Lindsey Baum, a 10-year-old girl last seen on June 26, 2009, in McCleary, WA, on her way home from a friend’s house.
Large scale search initiated in Kittitas County 05/12/2018
On Saturday, May 12, the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office initiated a multi-agency area search in connection to skeletal remains found last fall in Kittitas County. DNA testing identified the remains to be those of Lindsey Baum, a 10-year-old girl last seen on June 26, 2009, in McCleary, WA, on her way home from a friend’s house.

Boating Safety 03/22/2018
Our goal is, "no drowning's in Kittitas County"
Avalanche claimes the life of two snowmobilers in Kittitas County. 03/03/2018
Of the four men swept in the avalanche, one made it out with minor injuries, one was air lifted with serious injuries and two died on the mountain.
Avalanche claims the life of 32 year old Issaquah man 02/25/2018
Members from the Kittitas County Sheriff's Search & Rescue responded to the Stampede Pass area this afternoon when 5 snowmobilers were swept in an avalanche while eating lunch at the base of the slope.
Deputies arrest 3 burglary suspects following In-Progress call. 01/29/2018
A Badger Pocket resident phoned 911 when he heard someone kicking in the door to his home about 1:20 AM this morning. The suspects fled when the homeowner turned on the lights and yelled at them.
Homicide Suspect Arrested 01/17/2018
Detectives from the Kittitas County Sheriff's Major Crimes Unit have arrested 25 year old Christopher Almaral of Ellensburg for the murder of Stephanie Curtis.
Business targeted in new scam 01/03/2018
The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office responded to two fraud complaints targeting local businesses. The scammers posed as a Sheriff's Deputy. The callers attempted to extort funds by claiming they owned money to the federal courts via a summons.
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.