Kittitas County has declared a state of emergency because of the Colockum Tarps Fire, which has grown to 52,000 acres and is only 5 percent contained. The leading edge is just a few miles from the Wild Horse Wind Farm, which supplies electric power.
The fire is large enough to cover the city of Tacoma.
The Sheriff’s Office has issued a Level 3 Evacuation notice from the northern Kittitas County line south to Skookumchuck Creek and Scammon Landing, along the western shoreline of the Columbia River.
The Rogue and Union Hot Shots out of Oregon and the Washington based Entiat Hot Shots have been brought in to fight the fire.
“We got notified about 6:30, 7 o'clock last night,” said Than Shetler, who has fought fire for 8 years.
“We were on fire early, in places where they shouldn't have been burning. And they were burning pretty actively.”
Residents affected by the fire can contact the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center at 509-933-8305 during business hours, 8:00am-5:00pm, or Kittcom at 509-925-8534 during non-business hours. The public is also encouraged to monitor the County website for updates, http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/. For fire information, visit http://inciweb.org/incident/3567/, or contact the Colockum Tarps Fire at 509-662-9984.
Mile Marker 28 Fire
A fire burning near Goldendale has grown to more than 20,000 acres.
The fire along the top of Satus Pass is dozens of homes. No structures have been destroyed. Some residents of Klickitat County were allowed to return to their homes Monday.
The fire was about 25 percent contained Tuesday morning and about 1,300 people are working to stop it.
US Highway 97 from Toppenish to Goldendale remains closed. Highway 97 is open to local traffic only from Mile Marker 13 to 24. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes on State Route 14, State Route 221 and Interstate 82. For questions contact the WSDOT Highway 24-hour Hotline (509) 577-1617.
Fire information from InciWeb
Four new fires were reported in the Lake Chelan area that were ignited by lightning on Sunday.
The largest fire is the Moore Point Fire about seven miles southeast of Stehekin. The fire estimated between 40-50 acres, is burning on private land and within Lake Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness Area.
Twenty firefighter personnel, one helicopter, and one scooper plane are working the fire as more resources are ordered.
Forest Service officials have closed Moore Point campground, as well as the Lakeshore Trail No. 1274 between Meadow Creek and Flick Creek campground.
Three smaller fires also ignited.
Statewide burn ban in effect
DNR has issued a statewide burn ban on all lands under DNR protection, effective through September 30. The ban applies to all forestlands in Washington State, except federal lands, and prohibits campfires in all state, local and private campgrounds.