New evacuations ordered for dozens near Colockum Tarps Fire

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FireWENATCHEE, Wash. — The Colockum Tarps Fire continues its rampage in Kittitas County. forcing new evacuations of dozens in the fire’s path Wednesday.

Authorities say that 10 mph winds from the east pushed the fire further west. The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office began the evacuation of 75 new structures in harm’s way.

The Kittitas County Sheriff has ordered a Level 3 evacuation order for residents affected by the Colockum Tarps Fire. Kittitas County Sheriff’s deputies are working to notify and assist residents in the Upper Creek, Secret Canyon, Hill Top, upper sections of Little Caribou, Sheep Creek and Trail Creek of Level 3 evacuation order.

People needing shelter are asked to come to the sheriff’s office at 307 West Umptanum or call 509-925-8534. Residents that are sheltering with friends or family are asked to please provide contact information to the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center at 509-933-8305, so you can be kept updated with current information.

So far, the fire has consumed almost 60,000 acres and is only 8 percent contained. Crews are fearful about the weather danger in the coming days.

There will high winds, high temperatures and low humidity. There is also a strong chance for thunderstorms this week and ground lighting could spark new fires in the region.

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