Firefighters battle the Vantage Freeway blaze in Kittitas County
Firefighters battle flames from the Vantage Highway Fire as the blaze continues to grow in Kittitas County. On Monday, state fire assistance was mobilized as part of the Washington State Fire Department Resource Mobilization Plan to support local firefighters working to contain the blaze under a red flag warning that lasts until 9 p.m. Tuesday evening.
The fire should grow quickly in the hot, dry heat
Numbers change quickly, but at last check the fire was 8,000 acres at 10% contained. Fire officials said “Fire activity is expected to resume around noon, and you can see a column forming as temperatures and wind speeds increase and humidity levels decrease.” The town of Vantage is currently on a Level 2 Evacuation Advisory – BE READY to go and watch for changes. Vantage Highway is closed from Park Creek Road to Recreation Drive. Ginkgo State Park is closed. Power was temporarily interrupted for safety reasons and due to infrastructure damage.
The fire broke out on Monday afternoon
Firefighters say the Vantage Freeway fire started around 1 p.m. Monday. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
A state press release says;
The State Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray remains activated at Level 2 to help coordinate state assistance for the Vantage Freeway fire. Mobilization specialists from the Office of Fire Protection will support local resources and mutual aid resources by providing strike teams. State Fire Marshal’s Office staff are working remotely to coordinate the dispatch of resources.
Kittitas High School is the incident command post for the Southeast Washington State Type 3 Interagency Incident Management Team, which works with the State Patrol Fire Marshal’s Office. of Washington for this state mobilization response.