Friday, June 27, 2014

6/27/14 Hay Canyon Fire Update

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
215 Melody Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Date: June 26, 2014 – 5 p.m.
Contacts: Robin DeMario, 509-664-9292
Hay Canyon Fire Update

Wenatchee—The Hay Canyon Fire, located approximately two miles north of Cashmere, is now estimated to be 300 acres. Firefighters completed burnout operations and were able to construct a fireline around the entire fire.

Islands of burning fuels remain in the interior of the fire and smoke will be visible in the fire area for the next few days. Isolated rain showers fell over portions of the fire this afternoon.

Evacuation Level 2 is in effect and will be reduced to Level 1 by late evening. The road closure has been lifted and no structures have burned.

Today’s firefighting resources included three 20-person crews, two fire engines and a helicopter that delivered water as needed. Firefighters will be patrolling the fire tonight and crews will return on Friday to continue mop-up operations.

The fire started late Wednesday afternoon and is burning in grass, brush and timber in very steep terrain. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

On Wednesday, two firefighters sustained minor injuries when they were struck by rolling rocks; no further injuries have occurred.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

6/25/2014 Burn Ban in Parts of Kittitas County


June 24, 2014

An extreme fire hazard currently exists in various parts of Kittitas County due to high temperatures, lowering relative humidity and low fuel moisture content of 10, 100 and 1,000 hr fuels.

As of Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm, a burn ban is in effect in the following areas of Kittitas County:

Fire District 1, Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue, Fire District 6, Fire District 7 and the City of Kittitas.

All burning, including recreational fires and briquette barbeques are prohibited in the above listed Fire Districts, with the following exceptions:

·        Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue allows small cook fires no greater than 2’ x 3’ in diameter, with prior approval of the Fire Chief.  Agricultural burning permits issued by Department of Ecology are still allowed when approved by the Fire Chief. 
·        The burn ban does not include Fire District 4 (Vantage area), Fire District 3 (Easton), Fire District 8 (Kachess) or Snoqualmie Pass Fire and Rescue. 

Agricultural burning approved and permitted through the Department of Ecology is allowed with prior approval of the local fire district.

The City of Kittitas has requested that the County include their jurisdiction within the burn ban.

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