ACCES TO FIRE CONDITION REPORT UPPER KITTITAS COUNTY
Location: Cle Elum Ranger District, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, 11 miles northwest of Cle Elum, WA
Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center: (509) 933-8305
Jolly Mountain Fire Information: (509) 596-2423
KITCO Sherrif Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kittitas-County-Sheriff- 580139428811803/
Report as of Monday 9/11/17
|Location: Cle Elum Ranger District, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, 11 miles northwest of Cle Elum, WA.
Yesterday: Crews continued preparing containment line, reducing fuels, and performing mop-up along the eastern, southern, and western fire perimeters. Helicopters continued to support firing and holding operations. On the southern perimeter, firefighters extended containment line westerly towards Morgan Creek. In the west, crews continued mop-up along containment lines in the Morgan Creek drainage and areas south. On the east perimeter, firefighters continued firing activities into Jungle Creek. Temperatures remained warm at higher elevations into the night, allowing fire to continue back down into Johnson Creek on the northern/northeast perimeter.
Today’s Activities: Fire will continue backing towards containment lines on the west and east perimeters, fueled by warmer temperatures and lower humidity. Aerial firing operations will continue in Jungle Creek and Johnson Creek; sprinkler systems have been set up to protect nearby infrastructure. On the northwest perimeter, aerial operations may occur in the North Fork Teanaway drainage to add depth to existing lines, while crews continue reinforcing planned containment lines. Firefighters continue to mop-up on the west, south, and eastern perimeter where the fire has met containment lines. Structure protection crews will protect the east and west fire perimeters, while line construction and improvement along Cle Elum Ridge continues.
Closures and Fire Restrictions: Closures remain in effect to ensure the safety of firefighters, residents, and the public. Forest Service lands in the upper Cle Elum Valley are closed beyond one mile north of Roslyn on State Route 903, east to Highway 97. The Nature Conservancy lands east of Cle Elum Lake are closed. All Washington Department of Natural Resources lands in the Teanaway River Corridor west of Route 97 including all campgrounds in the Teanaway Community Forest are closed. Please check current conditions before making plans to visit the area. Washington Department of Natural Resources and the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest have banned all campfires due to the high fire danger.
Red Cross Shelter is located at the Putnam Centennial Center (Senior Center) 719 E. 3rd St, Cle Elum, WA 98922.
Weather: Drier, warmer and less breezy conditions are expected today with light winds out of the west / northwest. Temperatures will rise to the lower 80’s while relative humidity lowers to 17-23%. Warmer temperatures will remain through Tuesday, and a strong dry cold front will bring a cooling trend starting Wednesday.
Summary: The Jolly Mountain Fire has presented numerous challenges since it started. Among those is providing for firefighter safety while protecting the affected communities and citizens. Yesterday, the fire burned activity throughout the day. The most significant fire behavior occurred late in the day when evening winds began to push the fire quickly down the drainages, including down the west side of Sasse Ridge and into the West Fork of the Teanaway River. This activity continued late into the evening, prompting Kittitas County Sheriff to issue Level 3 “Go” evacuations from Double O Ranch Road north to Boulder Creek. Additional Level 2 “Set” evacuation notices were issued south of Double O Ranch Road, including the communities of Ronald and Roslyn. Complete details on evacuation status, impacted homes, and shelter information is available from the Emergency Operations Center at (509) 933-8305. Today’s fire activity may be very similar to what occurred yesterday. Remain alert to the conditions and heed the warnings of law enforcement officers. Additional firefighting resources have been ordered and will begin arriving this morning.