Public Service Announcement


7-31-13 1300 HOURS – PSA - Colockum Tarps Fire - Immediate Evacuations

Kittitas County, WA - 07/31/2013 - The Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center has upgraded Level 1 and 2 Evacuation areas to Level 3 effective immediately due to increased movement of the Colockum Tarps Fire.

The following areas are now at a Level 3 notice and residents are advised to evacuate immediately: 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 Wild Horse Wind Farm is now closed to the public.


Also due to the fire spreading south, the Vantage boat launch and parking area are closed.

The EOC has issued a Level 2 Evacuation notice for residences on the north side of Vantage Highway east of the Operating Engineers’ Training Facility to the wind farm boundary.  Residents are advised to be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.


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.


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.

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Contact: Jill Beedle, PIO