: State of Emergency in Washington State



brandondeleo
08-14-12, 07:40 AM
Today at around 3:00pm a fire broke out near Cle Elum, WA about 20 minutes from my house. It was supposedly started by welding at a bridge repair site. It's been in the high 90s and low 100s with very dry and windy conditions (as usual). Since that time, the fire has spread very rapidly. I went to bed this afternoon around 1:00pm, prior to the fire starting, and when I woke up at 10:00pm my phone was full of notifications. I looked out of my bedroom window to see nothing but flames across the horizon.
As of now (3:00am) the fire has expanded to over 26,000 acres and has destroyed nearly 100 homes. Many people I know have been left homeless or have been evacuated, and the fire is within 2 miles of my home and within 3 of the city. It's currently at 0% containment. The wind is sustained around 15-20mph with higher gusts. The areas at the edge of town are beginning to be evacuated, and the fire has reached as far east as Reecer Creek Rd, which is about 25 miles east of the source at the bridge on Hwy. 10 near Cle Elum. The communities of Sunlight Waters, Elk Heights, and Thorp have been devastated. I live very close to Thorp. We have put together our important paperwork and are preparing to evacuate just in case. I am currently at work at my hotel in town, and the hotel is in danger of being evacuated as well. The university is taking in evacuated people, some of the hotels are opening their doors for free for evacuees, and others are offering heavy discounts. There is a facility being put together at the fairgrounds. It is amazing how the community has risen to the occasion. I do not doubt that the fire will reach the edge of Ellensburg. Time will tell. It just keeps getting closer and closer. Washington has declared a state of emergency.

Submariner409
08-14-12, 09:53 AM
true bummer - Hope you come out of this OK.............. early news - http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2012/08/cle-elum-fire-burns-one-home-threatens-others/

truckinman
08-14-12, 10:04 AM
You'll be in my thoughts brother! Very scary stuff. I can't even imagine being in your position right now. Stay head strong and then at least you and yours should stay safe. Good luck.

Ranger
08-14-12, 11:32 AM
Good luck. Stay safe.

nvthev
08-14-12, 11:38 AM
our thoughts are with you and those out there.

cadi509
08-14-12, 12:08 PM
I was wondering how close it was to you be safe and get it early if need be

hueterm
08-14-12, 12:14 PM
Be safe, Brandon.

vincentm
08-14-12, 12:20 PM
Today at around 3:00pm a fire broke out near Cle Elum, WA about 20 minutes from my house. It was supposedly started by welding at a bridge repair site. It's been in the high 90s and low 100s with very dry and windy conditions (as usual). Since that time, the fire has spread very rapidly. I went to bed this afternoon around 1:00pm, prior to the fire starting, and when I woke up at 10:00pm my phone was full of notifications. I looked out of my bedroom window to see nothing but flames across the horizon.
As of now (3:00am) the fire has expanded to over 26,000 acres and has destroyed nearly 100 homes. Many people I know have been left homeless or have been evacuated, and the fire is within 2 miles of my home and within 3 of the city. It's currently at 0% containment. The wind is sustained around 15-20mph with higher gusts. The areas at the edge of town are beginning to be evacuated, and the fire has reached as far east as Reecer Creek Rd, which is about 25 miles east of the source at the bridge on Hwy. 10 near Cle Elum. The communities of Sunlight Waters, Elk Heights, and Thorp have been devastated. I live very close to Thorp. We have put together our important paperwork and are preparing to evacuate just in case. I am currently at work at my hotel in town, and the hotel is in danger of being evacuated as well. The university is taking in evacuated people, some of the hotels are opening their doors for free for evacuees, and others are offering heavy discounts. There is a facility being put together at the fairgrounds. It is amazing how the community has risen to the occasion. I do not doubt that the fire will reach the edge of Ellensburg. Time will tell. It just keeps getting closer and closer. Washington has declared a state of emergency.


Red mtn, less than 5 miles from my house went up in flames yesterday, whole town is covered in smoke

vincentm
08-14-12, 12:24 PM
http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2012/08/13/2061942/new-central-washington-wildfire.html


(http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2012/08/13/2061942/new-central-washington-wildfire.html)

brandondeleo
08-14-12, 12:29 PM
They're calling it the Taylor Bridge fire... It's up to nearly 28,000 acres now. Over 1,000 people have been evacuated and now the number of homes burned has exceeded 100. The entire valley is choked with thick smoke, and it's hard to breathe. My house is in the clear at this point, though. The first picture is from yesterday evening when the fire was only about 3,000 acres. The entire sky in the valley looks like the third picture...

http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/response/20120813-fire/images/IMG950129.jpg
http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/response/20120813-fire/images/081312180700.jpg
http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/response/20120813-fire/images/081312181848.jpg

vincentm
08-14-12, 12:33 PM
The irony is that the fire near your neck of the woods was started by welding spark from a bridge project, and the one near me at red mtn was started by someone welding in their back yard.

brandondeleo
08-14-12, 12:36 PM
It was, you're right. I bet that dude feels like shit beyond belief.
I just found this picture to give some kind of reference. The distance between Cle Elum and Ellensburg (the top and bottom of the fire shown in red) is a half hour drive.
http://d3j5vwomefv46c.cloudfront.net/photos/large/637192513.jpg?key=1381903&Expires=1344959297&Key-Pair-Id=APKAIYVGSUJFNRFZBBTA&Signature=o9KU9ZhRkQRRKq7Q-N5k8DIZD9BEfdbsEtO19MqUaFmofDDcycPR-JguHxwBS1fIbgusDFEwB0GBaM~YVn039qwj5s-CiwJPF2BXcmMm2qKOWe21QS9KwtBCpT5EFSn93g~12PiflCEvW D5QYvmQGxwKY0Nqxzo8hhTLiPz1TCw_

My house is at the bottom edge of the white box just to the left of the yellow line (freeway).

Jesda
08-14-12, 12:49 PM
http://myhollydays.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/marshmallows1.jpg

Might be wise to preemptively pack a suitcase.

cadi509
08-14-12, 01:15 PM
I would be scared if I lived in the Ellensburg area.....^^^ I second that with our conditions this week who knows how far that fire is gonna go...... And I can taste the smoke here as well, not as bad I'm sure

orconn
08-14-12, 02:37 PM
I hope things work out well for you and your parents, also your neighbors. Fire, is to me, the worst of the disasters that befall our property because of the total loss it leaves in its trail! Get yourself and your love ones out of harms way and stay safe.

77CDV
08-14-12, 06:49 PM
Look at the bright side, Brandon. Now you have a little bit of SoCal in WA to relieve your homesickness. Still sucks, though. Hope you and your family come through OK.

brandondeleo
08-14-12, 07:29 PM
Look at the bright side, Brandon. Now you have a little bit of SoCal in WA to relieve your homesickness.
:lol:

orconn
08-14-12, 07:53 PM
Yes, "Fire" just one of the five seasons of Southern California! Fire, Draught, Flood, Earthquake and Riot!

brandondeleo
08-14-12, 08:11 PM
I just drove up to Reecer Creek Rd., the latest hot spot. Holy hell. Facebook's exploding and everyone's saying get the hell out of there while you still can. That fire is spreading ... like wildfire. :lol:

brandondeleo
08-14-12, 08:16 PM
This is a picture of north Reecer I took about half an hour ago. As you can see by the trees on the right, the wind is sustained at 30mph with higher gusts.

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/185426_3062586102534_1041177898_n.jpg

talismandave
08-14-12, 08:34 PM
Good luck to all you guys out there. I hope it all works out and you end up safe and sound.

brandondeleo
08-14-12, 08:38 PM
Thanks for all of the well-wishing. It's appreciated. As of now, my home is safe. Now I'm just worried about all of my friends... I've already had three friends lose their homes.

brandondeleo
08-14-12, 08:39 PM
Oh god, make that four...

ShapeShifter
08-14-12, 09:52 PM
Wish you well....and prayers got out to all who have been affected.

hueterm
08-14-12, 09:57 PM
I would be out with a backhoe digging up my yard, and then flooding it...

brandondeleo
08-14-12, 10:09 PM
MOAT THAT BITCH.

Hells yeah.

Aron9000
08-14-12, 10:16 PM
Man good luck!!! That's a hell of a position to be in, can you see the fire from your house???

hueterm
08-14-12, 10:20 PM
Is your hotel still open?

CIWS
08-14-12, 11:00 PM
Needs the word State in the first and last words of thread title.

brandondeleo
08-14-12, 11:15 PM
Well that's because the world ignores us unless we clarify with "state." :lol:

brandondeleo
08-14-12, 11:48 PM
There was just a briefing with the DNR.

The fire is now at 10% containment, and overnight focus will be on the hardest hit areas. (Sunlight Waters, Reecer Creek, and the Hwy 97 area.) It is now over 30,000 acres.

Sorry, missed the questions. Yes, the hotel is still open. It was THIS close to being evacuated last night, but we didn't get evacuated. Thank god.

My house overlooks the entire valley, and I can see the entire fire right out of my window. When it's dark out I can actually see the flames. As the crow flies it's about 2 miles from my window.

gdwriter
08-15-12, 03:18 AM
Damn, I've been following your Facebook posts. As others have said, stay safe. And say a prayer or two for the firefighters' safety.

And the marshmallows picture? :histeric: :histeric: :histeric: Only you, Jesda.

truckinman
08-15-12, 06:17 AM
My dad, who lives in Michigans UP way up there on lake superior, had the same scare 3 weeks ago. It's all nothing but thousands and thousands of acres of forest up there and it's been dry as dry can be. The fire burned up several cabin rental places. As he drove along route 123, there were national guard blocking off the dirt roads that I always have fun on in the jeeps. And for the last week, it wad so close he could see nothing but black smoke from his house. But they got it contained. All that was caused by a lightening strike in the woods there.

brandondeleo
08-15-12, 03:57 PM
As of this morning, the fire has not stopped growing and it is still at 10% containment. The good thing is that the winds have calmed down a bit from yesterday. There are over 800 firefighters on it now from all over the region, and the community has just EXPLODED with aid and volunteering from both people and businesses. It's amazing.

Submariner409
08-15-12, 07:57 PM
Needs the word State in the first and last words of thread title.

DC has been in a State Of Emergency since I was a kid there........... (right now, it's even worse)

I hope all goes well (as well as can be expected) in Washington State.

brandondeleo
08-15-12, 10:12 PM
This is a picture taken from a DNR chopper this afternoon. All this is is the Thorp portion of the fire. Just a tiny fraction of the whole thing. The road on the left edge of the photo is Hwy 10 and the river is the Yakima River. My house is to the left of the Yakima River. Just above the picture, the fire hopped both Hwy 10 and the Yakima River and was at the freeway. Across the freeway just up the hill is my house.
Two of the structures burned at the bottom edge of the fire to the left are friends of mine...

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8291/7789659164_644cd19407_o.jpg

I took this photo from my bedroom window just minutes ago. The wind has changed directions COMPLETELY. Last night, the fire was in front of the first turbines just at the freeway. It's headed north and west now. This is kind of odd because the wind hardly ever blows to the north and west around here. It's almost always going directly the other direction.

Liberty and Lauderdale are now under stage 3 evacuation.

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/555471_3065943946478_560992852_n.jpg

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/553750_401701333225802_2037118201_n.jpg

brandondeleo
08-15-12, 10:33 PM
Update- make that Liberty, Lauderdale, Teanaway, Swauk, Lookout Mountain, and Bettas evacuating.

dkozloski
08-15-12, 10:57 PM
Forest fires are a bitch. We normally have a couple of million acres burn every summer but this year we barely burned 200,000. We never even got smoke in town this year. Somebody had to pick up the slack and it looks like you guys got the job.

brandondeleo
08-16-12, 01:32 AM
Update- Good news.
The fire is reported to have shrunk to 22,000 acres and is now 25% contained. The wind has died down and the temperature is down to 65 degrees tonight from the 98 earlier today. The number of homes burned hasn't risen very much since this afternoon, and the evacuations are hitting much less populated areas now. There should be better news by morning if tonight goes well. The only problem is that the fire is moving up into the forest... Which isn't taken care of. God forbid we kill a bunny or something while we groom the forest...

vincentm
08-16-12, 01:52 AM
God forbid we kill a bunny or something while we groom the forest...

If you do, then bears wont have any white rabbits to wipe their asses with.

cadi509
08-16-12, 12:27 PM
Really makes you feel powerless to the force of nature when you see a fire that big

brandondeleo
08-16-12, 10:34 PM
Woo! 33% contained now.