The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is activated at Phase III to support the response to the Taylor Bridge Fire in Kittitas County. The State EOC moved to Phase III at 8:12 p.m. Monday night.
The State EOC was initially activated to Phase II at 3:30 p.m. Monday afternoon. Gov. Chris Gregoire’s Office was notified of the activation and is receiving updates as the situation continues.
State fire assistance was mobilized by Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste Monday afternoon in response to a request from Kittitas County Fire District #7. Kittitas County commissioners declared an emergency Monday afternoon.
Chief Batiste’s action authorized use of the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan, which is being implemented by personnel from the Office of the State Fire Marshal on scene in Kittitas County and at the State EOC. More information about the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan is available at: http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/mobilization.htm.
At approximately 1 a.m. this morning, a federal management assistance declaration was approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This action makes funds available under the Federal Management Assistance Grant program (FMAG), which provides assistance when uncontrolled wildfires threaten to become a major disaster.
The State Enhanced 911 Office in cooperation with local telephone carriers reminds all citizens in the affected area:
To stay off the telephone unless you have a critical need to make a telephone call. Remember a FAX or a computer also uses a telephone line and its use may affect your ability to get immediate help in a life-threatening emergency.
DO NOT call 9-1-1 unless you need an emergency response from police, fire or emergency medical personnel. The 9-1-1 lines must be kept open for people who have a true emergency.
If you experience other types of problems not related to these emergency services, call the appropriate telephone number for those services.
If you pick up your telephone to make a call and do not hear a dial tone, DO NOT HANG UP. Simply wait a few seconds, and you will get dial tone and be able to make your call.