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Taylor Bridge Fire quickly grows to 27,000 acres and destroys 60 structures

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Taylor Bridge Fire quickly grows to 27,000 acres and destroys 60 structures

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August 13, 2012

Update: 9/14: The Taylor Bridge fire has quickly grown from 2,000 acres to 27,000 acres and destroyed nearly 60 structures. Highway 10 and Highway 97 are closed frequently. The fire continues to grow and has a 0% containment.

(Cle Elum, WA) State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Taylor Bridge Fire located 6 miles east of Cle Elum on State Route 10, milepost 90 in Kittitas County. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources at 3:30 p.m., August 13, 2012, at the request of Kittitas County Fire District #7.

The fire started on August 13, 2012 at approximately 1:19 p.m. and is burning in sage, and timber.  The cause of the fire is unknown.  The fire has grown to an estimated 2,800 acres. There are approximately 100 residences threatened by the fire with evacuations in place. Evacuations have been issued for those in the area of Swauk Valley, Prairie Valley, Bettas Road Hidden Valley, Ellensburg Ranches Road, Smithson and Reecer Creek Rd, Hayward Rd, Upper Lambert Rd, Sun East, and the east end of fire on Highway 10. Mobilization specialists from the Fire Protection Bureau have ordered eight strike teams of Wildland engines to supplement the resources already fighting the fire.

The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at Camp Murray has been activated to Phase II, to coordinate state assistance for the Taylor Bridge Fire. Personnel from the Office of the State Fire Marshal will be on scene to coordinate dispatch of resources, and other personnel will staff the State EOC.  Under the State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan, the Fire Protection Bureau coordinates the initial dispatch and continued administrative oversight of resources and personnel for the duration of the incident. The Mobilization Plan is implemented to provide a process to quickly notify, assemble and deploy fire service personnel, equipment and other resources from around the state when fires, disasters or other events exceed the capacity of local jurisdictions. More information about the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan is available at: http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/mobilization.htm

The Taylor Road Brush Fire is 0% contained and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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