Welcome to the CWU wildfire information page. If a fire in the region affects air quality and the daily lives of people in Kittitas County, we will provide accurate, up-to-date information on this page.
August 23, 2016: Folks in Kittitas County may see smoke on the horizon as several new fires have been detected in central and eastern Washington, however, air quality remains good in Ellensburg and Kittitas County.
A hot, dry spell followed by windy conditions made for high fire potential in much of the region. Multiple new fires started Sunday, resulting in the mobilization of four type 2 incident management teams to northeast Washington, and two teams to eastern Oregon.
Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency for 20 eastern Washington counties, including Kittitas County, due to the new fires and hot and windy weather conditions forecasted for the next seven days.
The following is a list of large active fires in Washington:
The majority of new fires are affecting air quality in the Spokane area. This morning the Air Quality Index for the Spokane area reached unhealthy (the red category). Air quality can fluctuate each hour.
The recent hot weather also energized fires smoldering in the Olympic National Park south of Port Angeles, the smoke from which drifted over the Seattle/Tacoma/Olympia area Friday evening.
August 11, 2016: The Kewa Fire burning on the Colville Indian Reservation in northeast Washington is the only active large fire remaining in the state. It is 75 percent contained.
Air quality is good in Kittitas County and throughout Washington.
August 5, 2016: Air quality remains good in Ellensburg and Kittitas County as fire crews continue to make progress on the large fires burning across central and southcentral Washington. Large fire potential remains elevated east of the Cascades through the weekend as dry lightning and winds are anticipated for eastern Oregon and southeastern Washington.
Current large fires in Washington include:
Smaller active fires include:
August 2, 2016: Five large fires continue to burn in central and southcentral Washington, in addition to two long-duration fires being managed in Olympic National Park and the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
While high winds forecasted today provide good smoke ventilation, they are a concern for fire growth. Most areas will see some daytime smoke with good ventilation, and then poor ventilation and some smoke build up overnight.
Yakima and Benton counties will likely see some smoke from local fires over the next few days. Winds are forecasted to shift out of the south, causing some eastern- and southern-most locations to get drifting smoke from Idaho and Oregon fires.
—Source: Washington State Multiagency Wildfire Smoke Conference 8/2/2016
July 31, 2016: Four new large fires are burning east of the Cascades in Oregon and Washington states, and their smoke is visible at times in Kittitas County. Monitors operated by the Washington Department of Ecology are reporting good air quality in Ellensburg and the rest of the state.
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