September 29, 2012 — 9 AM
Table Mountain Fire Update
Travelers on US 97 need to be prepared for closures and delays from 970 to Wenatchee, please check WSDOT website for current information: Blewett Pass WebsiteResidents can expect an increase in smoke throughout the weekend due to firing operations, For more information regarding Air Quality refer to the following websites: wasmoke.blogspot.com – https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/Default.ltr.aspxThe Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center announced a change in the evacuation levels on Wednesday, September 26, 2012. Current information on evacuations is available from the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center or (509) 933-8305.Washington Department of Natural Resources reopened some state lands to the east of the Table Mountain Fire. This includes the Colockum, Quilomene and Whiskey Dick’s Wildlife Areas. State lands in the Naneum State Forest west of the Colockum Pass Road remain closed due to fire hazards.
News & Events for the Table Mountain Fire:Fire Information will be available at the Ellensburg Farmers Market and throughout the Buskers in the Burg Fall Festival event in downtown Ellensburg.The community is invited to come and tour the Incident Command Post set up at Anderson Hay, tomorrow, Sunday, 30, 2012 between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.Hunting Season opened today. Please be advised that Washington Department of Natural Resources reopened some state lands to the east of the Table Mountain Fire. This includes the Colockum, Quilomene and Whiskey Dick’s Wildlife Areas. State lands in the Naneum State Forest west of the Colockum Pass Road remain closed due to fire hazards.Travelers on US 97 need to be prepared for restricted access, closures, and delays from 970 to Wenatchee as conditions change, please check Blewett Pass Website for current information or call 511.
Table Mountain Fire Operations Summary:
Firefighters are preparing for a wind event during the next several days as a dry cold front moves through the area. No moisture is forecasted with the front and winds are expected to increase with gusts of up to 30 mph.Fire weakened trees in combination with increased winds could pose a health and safety concern. Precautions will be taken to mitigate the risk to firefighters within these areas.
A combination of aerial and hand ignition in coordination with the multi-day burn out was successful yesterday afternoon as prevailing winds, increased sun exposure, and drier fine fuels allowed for optimum burning conditions.