Taylor Bridge Fire

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Taylor Bridge Fire

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47.165 latitude, -120.816 longitude

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Taylor Bridge Fire

August 28 – 6:30 PM

FIRE INFORMATION WEBSITE: www.inciweb.org/incident/3152

EOC: (509) 933-8305

ACRES: 23,500



The Washington Southwest Region Incident Management Type 3 Team will transfer the coordination of resources for the Taylor Bridge Fire to a Washington State Department of Natural Resources Type 4 Team as of 0600 Wednesday, August 29th.. Fire crews were able to perform mop up and patrol operations as well as rehabilitation efforts to repair damage caused by fire control measures. Crews achieved the mop up standard of 300 feet from the perimeter of the fire and 100 feet from structures. The Type 4 Team will continue to seek out any remaining hot spots. The Taylor Bridge Fire Incident Command Center will be re-located at the Cle Elum Department of Natural Resources Work Center. For fire status updates please contact Central Washington Interagency Communications Command at 509-884-3473.

Residents should continue to contact the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) 509-933-8305, for fire recovery information. Additionally, the Level 2 Evacuation Order is still in place through the Labor Day weekend.


County residents are reminded that representatives from the American Red Cross and Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health will continue to assess the situation and provide support to residents. For more information contact the Kittitas County EOC at 509-933-8305, or www.co.kittitas.wa.us


Fire officials request that the public be aware there will still be a fire fighter presence for the coming week and request that you use additional caution in the fire area. DNR crews will continue to monitor and mop up as needed for at least the next week. Internal smokes that do not threaten escape will remain visible in some locations as mop up operations continues.

Fire danger remains high across Washington State. The USFS Cle Elum and Naches Ranger Districts have banned all wood and charcoal campfires outside of the Wilderness areas including developed campgrounds. Check www.fs.usda.gov/okawen for further information. Be sure to check with your fire agencies for local fire restrictions.

As the Kittitas County Fair and Ellensburg Rodeo begin this weekend, motorists are urged to use caution as fire crews continue operations along major County roadways. Washington Department of Transportation has placed electronic bulletin boards at the following locations to warn motorists of visible smoke and ongoing fire fighting activity in the area of the burn perimeter: SR 910 and SR 10, US 97 and SR 10, US 97 and SR 970.

The Incident Management Team would like to express their thanks to the public for their continued support and co-operation during this very stressful incident.

This will be the last situation report from the Southwest Region Type 3 Incident Management Team.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday August 13th, 2012 approx. 01:00 PM
Location4 miles SE of Cle Elum
Incident CommanderAlan Lawson

Current Situation

Total Personnel40
Size23,500 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday August 28th, 2012 approx. 06:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Timber, grass and understory. Also 5,8,9, and 10.

Significant Events

Demobilization of most fire resources.


Planned Actions

Day shift- patrol for hot spots. Transition from Type 3 IMT to Type 4 IMT at 0600 hours

Projected Incident Activity



A DNR type 4 team will assume command of incident as of 0600 Wednesday, August 29 and continue to maintain resources throughout the Labor Day weekend. The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office is maintaining the Level 2 evacuation order. The Type 3 team will demobe at 1200 hours Wednesday.

Unit Information

Southeast Region-Department of Natural Resources
713 Bowers Road
Ellensburg , WA 98926

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