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Evacuation levels lowered for Jolly Mountain Fire

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Kittitas County, WA - 09/12/2017 -  Evacuation updates from the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office:

"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.

The EOC reduced the Level 3 notice to Level 2 in Teanaway Meadows, the West Fork to include Dingbat, the Middle Fork, the Wagon Wheel area, and the residences in the lower North Fork Teanaway area.  Residents returning home are reminded to use extra caution on the roads, as fire personnel and equipment are still actively working and moving through the area.

The Kittitas County Fire Marshal also advises that all propane tanks were shut off by the fire team’s structure protection group.  The technicians placed a “lock out-tag out” lock on each tank.  Residents will be responsible for contacting their propane provider for removal of these locks.

West Fork Road, Middle Fork Road, and the southern portion of North Fork Road are only open local traffic at this time.  Local traffic includes residents, authorized guests, workers and commercial vendors (such as propane companies) going to a specific property, public utility companies, and mail or delivery services."


The northern North Fork of the Teanaway remains at a Level 3 notice due to continued fire activity, with the road closed at the Lick Creek turnout.

The Jolly Mountain fire is 15% contained and has burned almost 31,000 acres.

For an interactive map with current evacuation levels, click here.

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KITTITAS COUNTY, WA - The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office has updated evacuations for the Jolly Mountain Fire:


Level 3 – all residences north of Double O Ranch Road all the way north to the Boulder Creek area

Level 2 – all residences between Double O Ranch Road and Ronald; the entire town of Ronald; the entire City of Roslyn to the Bullfrog Road roundabout; Cle Elum Ridge (including Summit View Road, Ridge View Drive, Big Sky Vista Drive, Horizon Ridge Drive, Deer Creek Road, Meadow Ridge Drive, Big Tail Road, Forest Ridge Road, Jack Pine Drive, Game Trail Road, Owl Ridge Drive, Timber Tiger Drive, Lum Road, the north part of White Road, Lannigan Springs Road, Winch Road, Buena View Road, Adobe Road)
 
Level 1 – Suncadia Resort; all residences/homes south of SR 903 and north of I-90 from Bullfrog Road to Cle Elum city limits; the City of Elum north of I-90; east of Cle Elum and north of Airport Road.
 
Law enforcement officials are actively notifying residents of the Level 3 and Level 2 advisories.
 
The Red Cross shelter is open at the Putnam Centennial Center, 719 E. 3rd Street, Cle Elum, for any evacuees needing a place to stay.  Anyone needing evacuation assistance for animals or livestock can call the EOC, 509-933-8305, for animal shelter information.

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KITTITAS COUNTY, WA - 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.

The Sheriff’s Office is currently notifying residences in the Middle Fork Teanaway and North Fork Teanaway of this advisory.  This encompasses all of Middle Fork Teanaway Road, Middle Fork Lane, Teanaway Triangle Road, Logan Road, Boondoggle Road, Sandy Ridge Road, Wagon Wheel Road, Spoke Lane, Hub Lane, North Fork Teanaway Road, Upland Road, Larch Road and North Fork Ranch Road.

There are now 154 primary and secondary residences in the Level 3 evacuation area.

Under the Level 3 notice, you are advised to leave now due to immediate fire danger.  Load your family and pets into your vehicle and GO NOW.  Residents need to be prepared for an extended evacuation period.  Law enforcement officials advise there will be no further warnings.

Teanaway Road is now closed at the intersection of West Fork and North Fork Roads.

Residents needing to retrieve necessary items (animals, medicines, etc.) from the Level 3 evacuation area need to contact the EOC at (509) 933-8305 before going to the roadblock.

The Red Cross shelter will be open at the Putnam Centennial Center, 719 E. 3rd Street, Cle Elum, for any evacuees needing a place to stay.  Anyone needing evacuation assistance for animals or livestock can call the EOC for animal shelter information.

For anyone considering recreation in the Teanaway area, please contact Forest Service before heading out, as the recent fire activity has prompted additional forest closures in the Cle Elum Ranger District.  More information on these closures can be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/okawen/alerts-notices/?aid=42801.

Stay informed on evacuations and general fire information with the following resources:

Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center: (509) 933-8305

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kittitas-County-Sheriff- 580139428811803/

Jolly Mountain Fire Information: (509) 596-2423

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/news/5496//

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jollymountainfireinfo/

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CLE ELUM, WA - At 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30, the American Red Cross will open a wildfire evacuation shelter in Cle Elum, WA for evacuees of the Jolly Mountain Fire. Anyone needing shelter or assistance due to the fire can go to:

Red Cross Evacuation Shelter (OPEN AT 4:30 PM)

Putnam Centennial Center (Senior Center)

719 E. 3rd St

Cle Elum, WA

Evacuating residents are encouraged to bring the following for each member of their family: prescription and emergency medication, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, important documents and other comfort items. Additionally, special items for children and infants, such as diapers, formulas and toys, should be brought, along with other items for family members who may have other needs.

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP People should download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of tornadoes, flooding and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

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CLE ELUM, WA - The Jolly Mountain Fire has been burning in Cle Elum for the last three weeks. Today, Governor Jay Inslee visited the incident command post to get a briefing on the fire.

Unfortunately, the Jolly Mountain Fire is going to get worse before it gets better. The fire has now destroyed at least 28,000 acres, and containment is still at zero percent. 

Gov. Inslee spent more than an hour at the incident command post just south of Cle Elum, getting a briefing from officials about the fire.

Gov. Inslee declared a state of emergency on Sunday to free up the access to state assets to multiple agencies to help battle the fire, including about 40 soldiers from the National Guard.

People living in more than 900 homes near the fire have been forced to leave under a Level Three evacuation.

"I'm pleased that we have very direct defensive measures around the structures around the east side of lake Cle Elum," Gov. Inslee said. "But we've that the worst of all possible worlds, a very wet winter and spring that grew all kinds of vegetation that then turned dry with our incredible summer and our drought that made perfect fire conditions."

It's going to be a long time before firefighters begin to get any type of containment on the Jolly Mountain Fire. What's also difficult is because conditions are so smoky, crews are not able to make aerial drops.

Officials estimate that the fire won't be fully contained until October 15.

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