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Friday, July 6, 2018 - 21:01

A hay truck caught fire near Ryegrass, 23 miles east of Ellensburg, on Interstate 90 that ignited a brush fire and closed I-90 westbound at the Vantage bridge. Traffic was rerounted on Vantage Hwy at milepost 136. Source: Daily Record

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 17:59

A red flag warning has been issued for portions of Easterm Washington from 2 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday. Forecasts call for breezy winds Friday afternoon, followed by potential thunderstorms later that evening. Potential impacts include new or existing fires may spread rapidly. Source: National Weather Service Spokane

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 19:59

A number of fires are burning throughout Washington state. The most recent and closest fire to Ellensburg is the South Ahtanum wildfire, located near Yakima and burning on Bureau of Indian Affairs lands. Multiple agencies are responding. Source: Southeast WA Interagency Incident Management Team 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 20:59

The Level 3 (Leave Now) evacuation notice for Douglas County residents has been lowered to a Level 1 (Get Ready). SR 28 at Milepost 23 has reopened, but the Washington State Patrol asks that people avoid the area while workers tend to the fire. The Baird Springs fire is located in Grant and Douglas counties, near Quincy. Conditions have improved and risk to the public is much lower, as of this post. Source: Grant County Sheriff 

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 19:31
The manadatory evacuation notice has been lifted for residents affected by the Conrad fire. People are urged to be on alert should the fire continue to grow and they need to move. Meanwhile, a Fire Weather Watch is issued for Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Klikkitat, Walla Walla and Yakima counties from the afternoon thru the evening of Wed., July 4, due to low humidity and gusty winds. Source: Southeast Washington Incident Management

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