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Kittitas (pronounced 'kit-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
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Report damages to primary residences and business caused by the Snag Canyon Fire
Home and business owners who have incurred damages from the Snag Canyon Fire are encouraged to file
a report with the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 509-933-8305. This data will
be used in determining if damages are significant enough to warrant a request for federal disaster assistance
and various other forms of assistance.
Declaration of Emergency Snag Canyon Fire
Press Release 8-29-14 0800 Snag Canyon Fire
Effective this morning, the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center has removed all county roadblocks and road closure signs for the Snag Canyon Fire north of Ellensburg.
Press Release 8-19-14 1145 Snag Canyon Fire
Effective at 12pm today, the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center will remove all evacuation notices for the Snag Canyon Fire, which is now 81% contained. Road closures will remain in place in consideration of fire personnel and equipment still working in the fire area.
Press Release 8-18-14 1115 Snag Canyon & South Cle Elum Ridge Fires
The Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center has removed the Level 1 evacuation notice for Woods & Steele Road, as the South Cle Elum Ridge Fire is now 77% contained.
PSA 8-15-14 1030 Snag Canyon Fire
The Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center has updated damage assessments for the Snag Canyon Fire. There are now 22 confirmed structures lost, including 10 homes or cabins and 12 other structures.
PSA 8-14-14 1630 Snag Canyon Fire - Impacts of Wildfire increase flood risks
The Snag Canyon Fire has burned more than 12,500 acres of land 12 miles north of Ellensburg including in the Wilson and Naneum Canyons. Large scale wildfires dramatically alter the terrain and ground conditions, prompting a new concern: flooding.
PSA 8-13-14 0815 Snag Canyon Fire
Tonight's public meeting for the Snag Canyon Fire has been postponed. The meeting will be rescheduled once the new incident management team takes command.
Changing Weather Conditions Contribute to Air Quality
At 7:00 am today, air quality is good, according to the Washington State Department of Ecology air quality monitoring site in Ellensburg. The range of air quality categories include good, moderate, unhealthy for sensitive groups, unhealthy, very unhealthy, and hazardous.
PSA 8-12-14 1430 Snag Canyon Fire
A public meeting is planned for the Snag Canyon Fire on Wednesday, August 13th at 7:00pm at Central Washington University’s Student Union Recreation Center – Room 137.
Multiple Fires in Kittitas Causes Poor Air Quality
Sensitive populations are advised to limit outdoor activity.
The Kittitas County Public Health Department Recommends Cancelling Outdoor Recreation for Poor Air Quality
As of 7:00 am today, the air quality in Kittitas County is considered very unhealthy. The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) recommends outdoor activities be cancelled during times when air quality is “very unhealthy” or “hazardous” according to the Washington State Department of Ecology air quality monitoring site in Ellensburg.
PSA 8-8-14 1640 Snag Canyon and South Cle Elum Ridge Fires
The Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center continues to monitor the Snag Canyon Fire twelve miles north of Ellensburg and the South Cle Elum Ridge Fire six miles south of Cle Elum.
Press Release 8-7-14 1115 Snag Canyon Fire
The Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center has lowered the evacuation notice for West Sun East Road from a Level 3 to Level 2. Only residents in the non-burned area will be allowed past the roadblock at Smithson Road and Robbins Road. All Sun East residents are asked to stay off the roads as much as possible in consideration of fire personnel and equipment still working in the area.
Continued Air Quality Monitoring as a Result of the Snag Canyon Fire
As of August 7, 7:00 am, the air quality in Ellensburg is good according to the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) air monitoring website. The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) wants to remind residents to continue to monitor the air quality conditions using the Ecology website at https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/.
Press Release 8-4-14 1100 Snag Canyon Fire
Evacuation levels and road closures remain the same today for the Snag Canyon Fire north of Ellensburg. There are approximately 79 homes in the Level 3 evacuation area and 100 homes in the Level 2 area, with many of those secondary homes.
PSA 8-4-14 1220 Snag Canyon Fire - Air Quality Concerns
Air Quality in Kittitas County is fluctuating as a result of the Snag Canyon Fire. The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) wants to remind residents of air quality issues that result from wildfire smoke. On Sunday, August 3rd, air quality was unhealthy for sensitive groups, but as of 8:00am on Monday, August 4th, the air quality was good.
Press Release 8-4-14 1800 Snag Canyon Fire
Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center personnel spent today assessing properties damaged by the Snag Canyon Fire in Ellensburg. Sixteen structures are confirmed lost at this time. Of these, 6 structures were residences or cabins and 10 additional parcels of property have other structure loss, including outbuildings or RVs.
Press Release 8-5-14 1715 Snag Canyon Fire
Effective immediately, the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center has expanded a Level 3 evacuation notice to Schnebly Canyon and Coleman Canyon due to increased fire activity from the Snag Canyon Fire. Sheriff’s deputies are currently going into the canyons to notify residents of the evacuations. Under a Level 3 notice, residents are advised to evacuate immediately.
Press Release 8-3-14 1700 Snag Canyon Fire
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office has updated evacuation levels for the Snag Canyon Fire, which was caused by lightning Saturday evening. The Level 3 notice now encompasses the entire Sun East area, Robbins Road north of Smithson Road, east to Naneum Creek, north to the northern boundary of Township 20N Range 19E (T.20N R.19E), west to Forest Service Road 3500.
Robbins Road Fire North of Ellensburg
The Robbins Road fire has prompted the Kittitas County Sheriff to designate level-3 evacuations.
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.