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Kittitas (pronounced 'kit-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
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Declaration of Emergency Jolly Mountain Fire
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Todos los niveles de evacuación se eliminarán para Jolly Mountain Fire el 29 de Sept. de 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
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
Effective immediately, the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center has changed several evacuation levels for the Jolly Mountain Fire.
How to Be Prepared: Effects of Wildfire Increase Flood Risks
The Jolly Mountain Fire has burned more than 36,808 acres of land 6 miles northwest of Cle Elum since August 11, 2017. With rain in the forecast, it is important to remember that large scale wildfires dramatically change terrain and ground conditions, which increases the risk of flooding and mudflows.
Cómo prepararse: los efectos de los incendios forestales aumentan los riesgos de inundación
El incendio de Jolly Mountain ha quemado más de 36,808 acres de tierra 6 millas al noroeste de Cle Elum desde el 11 de agosto, 2017. Con lluvia en el pronóstico, es importante recordar que los incendios forestales a gran escala cambian dramáticamente el terreno y las condiciones del suelo, lo que aumenta el riesgo de inundaciones y flujos de lodo.
Evacuation Advisory To Be Reduced from Bear Creek to Night Sky Drive on Saturday
Effective at 8:00am Saturday morning (9/16), the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center will officially reduce the Evacuation Level 3 Advisory to a Level 2 Advisory from Bear Creek to Night Sky Drive, allowing more residents affected by the Jolly Mountain Fire to return home.
More Evacuation Advisories Reduced for Jolly Mountain Fire
Effective today (Wednesday 9/13), the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center officially reduced the Evacuation Advisories in several areas affected by the Jolly Mountain Fire.
Residents Allowed to Return to Homes in Teanaway
Effective at 9:00am this morning (Tuesday 9/12), the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center officially reduced the Evacuation Advisory in certain parts of the Teanaway area, allowing residents affected by the Jolly Mountain Fire to return home.
Se les permite regresar a sus hogares a los Residentes de Teanaway
Efectivo a las 9 de la mañana (martes 9/12), El Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia (EOC) del Condado de Kittitas, redujo oficialmente el aviso de evacuación en ciertas partes del área de Teanaway, permitiendo que los residentes afectados por el incendio de Jolly Mountain regresen a sus hogares.
Anticipated Reopening of West Fork and Middle Fork Teanaway and Lower Lake Cle Elum areas
The Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center, at the recommendation of the Fire Team, anticipates lowering the evacuation levels early this week in specific areas affected by the Jolly Mountain Fire.
Temporary Shelter Continues to Receive Air Monitoring
The Red Cross shelter located at the Putnam Centennial Center in Cle Elum at 719 E 3rd Street is continuing to receive indoor air monitoring. Indoor air monitoring from September 7, shows an “unhealthy for sensitive groups” level, which is healthier than the external air quality.
EOC UPDATE FOR JOLLY MOUNTAIN FIRE
The Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center is continually working with the Pacific Northwest 2 Type 1 Incident Management Team to evaluate evacuation levels and road closures with regards to the Jolly Mountain Fire. Going into the weekend, the EOC does not anticipate lowering any current evacuation levels.
Indoor air monitoring at Ellensburg & Kittitas schools shows poor air quality
Upon request of Ellensburg School District and Kittitas School District, the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) conducted indoor air monitoring at all Ellensburg and Kittitas school buildings yesterday. Indoor air readings ranged from “unhealthy” (red) to “hazardous” (dark red) leading to the districts’ decision to close schools until at least Monday, September 11th.
Plans & Resources Available Should Evacuation Need Arise
The Jolly Mountain Fire continues to affect the lives of residents in the Upper County area. Special attention has been made to create an evacuation plan in the event evacuation levels are upgraded to Level 3.
National Guard activated for Jolly Mountain Fire (9-6-17)
At the request of the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center, the National Guard has been activated to assist with road blocks, traffic control and firefighting efforts for the Jolly Mountain Fire. This will free up local resources that have been dedicated to the fire and emergency operation efforts.
Planes y recursos disponibles en caso de necesidad de evacuación
El incendio de Jolly Mountain continúa afectando las vidas de los residentes en el área del Condado Superior. Se ha prestado especial atención a crear un plan de evacuación en el caso de que los niveles de evacuación pasen al nivel 3.
Temporary Shelter Available with Monitored Air Quality
Residents who are having difficulty escaping the poor air quality, especially those who do not have access to air conditioning during the hot weather, may use the Red Cross shelter located at the Putnam Centennial Center in Cle Elum at 719 E 3rd Street. Initial monitoring conducted in Putnum Centennial Center on Monday, September 4 showed readings of moderate indoor air quality. The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) will be monitoring the indoor air quality at the shelter as poor air quality conditions continue in Kittitas County as a result of fires in the area.
Please Avoid State Route 903 Road Closure (9-5-17)
Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office will be increasing the enforcement of the road closure located on State Route 903 as a result of increased fire personnel and response apparatus in the area.
Air Quality Recommendations
The Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center has received and supports a recommendation from the Kittitas County Public Health Officer Dr. Mark Larson with respect to air quality. The EOC strongly encourages adherence by all residents and organizations, especially those involving youth activities, to the following recommendations.
Poor Air Quality Conditions Continue in Kittitas County
Cle Elum is currently experiencing “hazardous” air quality conditions and Ellensburg has “unhealthy” conditions (as of the 8:00am readings on Monday). Smoke is from both the Jolly Mountain Fire in Kittitas County and the Norse Peak Fire near Naches. Air quality conditions have been fluctuating depending on fire activity and the weather. Smoky conditions are expected to continue throughout the week.
EVACUATION NOTICES UPDATED FOR JOLLY MOUNTAIN FIRE (9-2-17)
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office has updated the following evacuation notices for the Jolly Mountain Fire:Level 3 – all residences north of Double O Ranch Road all the way north to the Boulder Creek area
Update from Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center (9-2-17)
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office has completed Level 3 and Level 2 evacuation notices in the Roslyn, Ronald and Lake Cle Elum areas, with assistance from numerous supporting agencies. Deputies and supporting law enforcement officers began the door to door notification process for nearly 2,200 residences around 11:00pm Friday and concluded mid-day Saturday. Another 2,021 residences in Cle Elum are under a Level 1 notice as the Jolly Mountain Fire continues to grow to the north.
IMMEDIATE EVACUATION LEVEL 3 – GO NOW – ISSUED FOR ALL HOMES NORTH OF TOM WRIGHT ROAD AND SR 903 INTERSECTION (9-1-17)
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office has issued an IMMEDIATE EVACUATION LEVEL 3 FOR ALL HOMES NORTH OF TOM WRIGHT ROAD AND SR 903 INTERSECTION due to changing fire conditions for the Jolly Mountain Fire.
EVACUATION LEVEL 2 – GET READY – ISSUED FOR RONALD AND ROSLYN (9-1-17)
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office has issued an Evacuation Level 2 notice to the entire town of Ronald and the entire City of Roslyn to the Bullfrog Rd roundabout due to changing fire conditions for the Jolly Mountain Fire.
Be Aware of Changing Air Quality Conditions
Kittitas County is currently experiencing air that is fluctuating between “moderate” to “unhealthy” air. As of 11:00 am today, the air quality in Ellensburg and Cle Elum was moderate.
Middle Fork and North Fork Teanaway area upgraded to Level 3 (GO NOW) Evacuation Notice (8-30-17)
The Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center has elevated evacuation levels in the Middle Fork Teanaway area to a Level 3 “GO NOW” due to increased activity of the Jolly Mountain Fire. The fire has now moved southeast over Yellow Hill.
Teanaway Meadows upgraded to Level II Evacuation
Following the Level III evacuation of the North and Middle Fork of the Teanaway, the fire has continued to move south-east in the direction of the junction.
Jolly Mountain Fire is Affecting Air Quality Conditions in Kittitas County
The Kittitas County Public Health Department wants residents to be aware of changing air conditions as a result of the Jolly Mountain Fire. As of the 3:00 pm reading today, a temporary Cle Elum air monitor is showing “unhealthy for sensitive groups” air quality conditions as a result of wildfire smoke. The air monitor in Ellensburg is showing “moderate” air quality conditions.
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.