Some residents affected by the 32,500 acre Jolly Mountain Fire got some good news Tuesday when the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center officially reduced the Evacuation Advisory in certain parts of the Teanaway area, allowing residents to return home.
The EOC reduced the Level 3 notice to Level 2 in Teanaway Meadows, the West Fork to include Dingbat, the Middle Fork, the Wagon Wheel area, and the residences in the lower North Fork Teanaway area. Residents returning home are reminded to use extra caution on the roads with fire personnel and equipment still active in the area.
The Kittitas County Fire Marshal said all propane tanks were shut off with a “lock out-tag out” lock on each tank. Residents wi ll have to contact a propane supplier for removal of these locks.
West Fork Road, Middle Fork Road, and the southern portion of North Fork Road are only open local traffic. Local traffic includes residents, authorized guests, workers and commercial vendors like propane companies going to a specific property, public utility companies, and mail or delivery services.
The northern North Fork of the Teanaway remains at a Level 3 notice due to continued fire activity, with the road closed at the Lick Creek turnout.
Over 800 personnel with a Type 2 Incident Management Team are assigned to the Jolly Mountain Fire burning 11 miles NW of Cle Elum. The fire started by lightening August 11th is 15% contained.
The 7,900 acre Uno Peak Fire 11 miles NW of Manson was active on Tuesday on the west side of the fire at the top of Lone Fir Creek and in upper Safety Harbor drainage.
The containment line along Nelson Butte down to Lake Chelan has been completed. Crews strengthened and improved the dozer and hand lines down the ridge to the lake. Crews also worked to secure the line on the upper northeast side of the fire near South Navarre campground.
The Canoe Creek area to the west and the Llama Ranch area to the southeast remain under a Level 1 evacuation (get ready).
Wednesday, crews will work to bring hose down to the lake. Crews are checking for hot spots along the fire’s edge above South Navarre campground.
The Silver State Hotshot crew arrived Tuesday to help with possible burn out operations, and snag hazards. Crews will continue to fall snags near South Navarre campground in preparation for possible burn out operations, if weather allows. If burning occurs, plans are in place to staff a night shift to patrol and monitor the burned portion of the line. Road improvements are expected to be completed by next weekend.
Temperatures are projected to begin a dramatic cool down through Friday. Another warm and dry trend looks likely Saturday and Sunday. Rain is forecasted overnight Sunday. 325 firefighters are currently assigned to the fire