Taylor Bridge Wildfire Photos, Video, Shelter Info
Taylor Bridge Wildfire Consumes 27,000 Acres
The Taylor Bridge wildfire has destroyed over 60 homes, burning 27,000 acres and counting. The Taylor Bridge fire was started by a construction crew working on the Taylor Bridge, and was fueled by dry conditions and winds. The wildfire grew from 2,800 acres to over 20,000 acres in just a few hours.
You can see eyewtiness video of the Taylor Bridge wildfire to the right.
The Taylor Bridge fire is burning between Cle Elum and Thorp, bordered by Highway 97 and Interstate 90. Evacuations have been ordered in the following areas:
- Bettas Valley
- Swauk Valley
- West of SR97 to Swauk
- SunEast, Upper Reecer Creek,
- Green Canyon
- Areas northeast of Ellensburg
An emergency shelter is at the Cle Elum Centennial Senior Center, 719 East Third Street, Cle Elum (See map below). An emergency animal shelter for farm animals has been set up at the Kittitas County Fairgrounds.
A state of emergency has been declared in Kittitas and Yakima counties.
Below you can see a map of the area affected by the Taylor Bridge fire.
Emergency Shelter in Cle Elum: