Public Service Announcement


8-1-13 1030 HOURS – PSA - Colockum Tarps Fire

Kittitas County, WA - 08/01/2013 - The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office advises the Level 3 Evacuations will remain in place for the next 24 hours for the upper Parke Creek, upper Colockum and Secret Canyon areas. The Sheriff’s Office is continually evaluating the evacuation levels as more fire information becomes available.

There are approximately 40-45 structures in the Level 3 Evacuation area, including primary residences and recreational properties.  The Emergency Operations Center has confirmed no structures have been lost in Secret Canyon.  Possible structure loss in other evacuated areas has not been determined at this time.

The Red Cross emergency shelter remains open at the Mercer Creek Church, 1407 N. B Street, Ellensburg.  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 is also still open at the Kittitas Valley Event Center.  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 assistance after business hours should call Kittcom at 509-925-8534.


A public meeting will be held on today 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.  Parking is free.


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, 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.

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


Contact: Jill Beedle, PIO