Press Release


Plans & Resources Available Should Evacuation Need Arise

Kittitas County, WA - 09/06/2017 - The Jolly Mountain Fire continues to affect the lives of residents in the Upper County area. Special attention has been made to create an evacuation plan in the event evacuation levels are upgraded to Level 3.

Should Level 3 “Go Now” evacuations be required, the following plan will be implemented.

Law enforcement officials will go door-to-door to notify residents within the affected areas of the Level 3 advisory.

A designated evacuation route will be put into action. Residents will evacuate Upper County via Highway 10 to the Fairgrounds in Ellensburg. Department of Transportation personnel will restrict westbound traffic on Highway 10 to local residents only, allowing for easier eastbound travel to Ellensburg. Watch for emergency personnel and follow the large evacuation signs.

If you need assistance with transportation, call the EOC at 509-933-8305 and we will help coordinate your transportation services.

The following resources will be available upon arrival to Ellensburg:

Red Cross shelters: Housing arrangements will be assigned and directions provided.

Secured, onsite storage for large vehicles and trailers -- overflow parking: available at the Fairgrounds.

Animal shelters: If you have smaller animals needing shelter, contact AARF directly at 509-304-4805. Shelter arrangements will be available at the Fairgrounds for livestock and larger animals.

Medical services:  Medical staff will be available to address non-emergency medical needs. If an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Reunification:  Red Cross volunteers will collect contact information for all evacuees. This information will be used to assist any families that get separated.

Stay informed on evacuations and general fire information with the following resources:

Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center: (509) 933-8305
Jolly Mountain Fire Information: (509) 596-2423

Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at


Contact: Jill Beedle, Public Information Officer