Public Service Announcement


7-31-13 1100 HOURS – PSA - Colockum Tarps Fire

Kittitas County, WA - 07/31/2013 - The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office has completed Level 3 Evacuation notifications for the upper Parke Creek and Secret Canyon areas, as the Colockum Tarps Fire continues to push southwest with shifting winds. Approximately 75 structures are in the Level 3 evacuation area, including 20-25 primary residences. The number of people displaced by the evacuations is unknown at the time.

The Emergency Operations Center has issued a Level 1 Evacuation advisement notice for the area north of the intersection of Christensen Road and Parke Creek Road, northwest to the intersection of Cooke Canyon Road and Gage Road, and Cooke Canyon Road north of Gage Road.


The public is strongly encouraged to monitor the County website for updates and evacuation maps at


The Red Cross has opened an emergency shelter at the Mercer Creek Church, 1407 N. B Street, Ellensburg.  We would ask that anyone from the evacuation area who will be staying with family or friends, please provide contact information to the EOC at 509-933-8305 so we can provide you with updates.


An animal shelter is also in place at the Kittitas Valley Event Center for anyone evacuating their animals.  Check-in is located at the Western Town Ticket Center at Alder Street and 8th Avenue.  If possible, please call the shelter prior to your arrival, 509-933-8399, to advise what type of animals and quantity you are bringing in.


At this time, no donations have been requested.


Residents affected by the fire can contact the EOC during business hours, 8:00am-5:00pm, or Kittcom at 509-925-8534 during non-business hours.  For fire information, please visit, or contact the Colockum Tarps Fire at 509-662-9984.

Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at


Contact: Jill Beedle, PIO