Public Service Announcement


7-31-13 1900 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 Colockum Tarps Fire. There are approximately 100 structures in the evacuation area, including primary residences and recreational properties. The Sheriff’s Office has confirmed 71 residents have evacuated, while some residents have opted to stay in place.

The Red Cross has received some phone calls from displaced residents, and the emergency shelter is open 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.


The animal shelter at the Kittitas Valley Event Center reports 8 total animals have been brought in, including 5 goats, 2 horses, and 1 chicken.  The shelter was expecting 2 additional horses this evening.


During regular business hours, 8:00am-5:00pm, anyone needing the animal shelter can check-in at the Western Town Ticket Center at Alder Street and 8th Avenue.  Those needing the animal shelter after business hours should call Kittcom at 509-925-8534.


A public meeting will be held on Thursday, August 1st, at 6pm, at Central Washington University’s Student Union Recreation Center, Ballroom B & C, second floor, 400 E. University Way, Ellensburg.  Representatives from the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center and the Washington Incident Management Team #4 will be present to give a fire update and answer questions.


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

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Contact: Jill Beedle, PIO