Table Creek Fire and Wenatchee Complex update

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September 21, 2012

Incident: Wenatchee Complex Wildfire and Table Creek Fire
Released: 1o pm 9/20/2012

Wenatchee- A community fire information about the Wenatchee Complex fire briefing is scheduled for 7:00 pm Friday September 21 at the Fire Station on Chumstick Road in Leavenworth, Washington. For more information please call Wenatchee Complex Information at 509-662-4694 or 509-662-4438.

Table Creek Fire – 10pm- 09/20/2012-Industrial operations are restricted in Eastern Washington for people working in the woods. Restrictions affect portions of Spokane, Steven, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat, Yakima, Ferry, and all of Lincoln counties. visit www.dnr.wa.gov

Firefighters continue to battle several fires in steep, rough terrain on the Table Mountain Fire. Fire activity increased creating smoke columns that could be seen by the surrounding communities of Liberty, Cle Elum, and Ellensburg.

A LEVEL 3 EVACUATION NOTICE HAS BEEN ISSUED EFFECTIVE 2 PM 09/19/2012 FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS: the area encompassing Elk Springs Road and Upper Green Canyon Road east to Wilson Creek Road and above the northern-most set of power lines.

09/20/2012-Level 1 Evacuations notifications for areas along the south border of the current Level 3 notifications in the foothills north of Ellensburg.

The level 1 notification is in effect from the lower portion of Upper Green Canyon Road southeast to Chukar Ridge Road and continuing southeast to Charlton Road. This includes Reecer Creek Road 1/2 mile south of the powerlines, Robbins Road north of Chukar Ridge Road, Wilson Creek Road north of Charlton Road and Naneum Road north of Charlton Road.

Under a Level 1 evacuation notification, persons are warned that current or projected threats from hazards associated with the approaching fire(s) are severe. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs, mobile property, and (under certain circumstances) pets and livestock.

A Red Cross emergency shelter is set up at the Mercer Creek Church at 1407 N. B Street, Ellensburg. An emergency livestock shelter is set up at the Kittitas County Event Center-Fairgrounds.

Fire activity continued through the night and reports indicate that one forest service cabin was lost and one UNCONFIRMED cabin lost. An additional fire emerged approximately 1 1/2 miles north of the Reecer Road and is believed to have been a holdover from a lightning strike that moved through the area earlier this month.

Planned objectives for today will be an indirect attack on the fires utilizing natural barriers, constructing breaks and road systems.

 

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