Evening Update for Mile Marker 28 Fire
Incident: Mile Marker 28 Wildfire
New Phone Number Change
The Mile Marker 28 Fire is located 15 miles northeast of Goldendale, Washington along Highway 97. The fire continues to burn in grasslands, shrub brush, timber, and timber litter. Cooperators on the fire include: Yakama Nation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office, Klickitat County Emergency Management, Klickitat County Fire District 7 and 2, the American Red Cross, Bonneville Power Administration, Klickitat County Public Utility District and Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).
EVACUATIONS: Due to the increased fire activity this afternoon, areas of the evacuation footprint have changed.
The residences located in the following areas are being upgraded to a LEVEL 2 (Potential Evacuation) area: the residences north of Woodland Road within Township 5N, Range 17E, Sections 25-29 & 32-35.
With the inclusion of the newest LEVEL 3 updates, the new LEVEL 3 (Immediate Evacuation) zone extends from the fire line south to Township 5, Range 17E, Section 20-24. The only areas where the west side of US-97 is affected is from Satus Pass to the southern entrance of Satus Loop Road (approximately milepost 24).
SHELTER: Red Cross Shelter has been set up at Our Father’s House Fellowship located in Goldendale at 207 South Klickitat Street. You can call for information on the shelter at: (888) 680-1455 24-hrs.
A Community Meeting has been planned for Saturday, July 27, beginning at 7:00 PM at the Klickitat PUD Meeting Room located at 1313 Columbus in Goldendale, Washington. Fire officials and other agency representatives will update the public on the current fire situation and evacuation notices.
CLOSURES: Due to the fire situation, Highway 97 from Toppenish to Goldendale remains closed. Maintenance crews with WSDOT are currently removing large danger trees that have burned from the fire, and crews are also repairing portions of burned guardrail. Fire officials and WSDOT continue to evaluate the situation. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes on State Route 14, State Route 221, and Interstate 82.
FIRE SITUATION: Erratic winds drove the fire toward the east and southeast forcing evacuations of an additional 150 structures, bringing the total to approximately 180. Fire crews were forced to disengage from strengthening the line along the southern perimeter due to the extreme fire activity. Suppression tactics will take place during the nighttime house when winds subside and fire behavior can be more easily seen. Additional fire resources throughout the Pacific Northwest continue to arrive on the Mile Marker 28 Fire.
RESOURCES: 23 Crews, 5 Helicopters, 67 Engines, 12 Dozers, 9 Water Tenders, 125 Overhead, 3 Camp Crew = Total Personnel 869
Public and firefighter safety is the top priority on the Mile Marker 28 Fire. The public is urged to stay clear from the road closure area and to minimize traffic on roads accessed by fire crews. Fire danger remains high across Washington State. Be sure to check with your fire agencies for local fire restrictions.
The WA Interagency Incident Management Team 2 would like to express their thanks to the public for their continued support and cooperation during this incident.
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