Taylor Bridge Fire: Community meetings scheduled today to update residents, evacuees (UPDATED: 8-16-2012)

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Under a smoke-filled sky, wind energy turbines stand above fire-blackened fields yesterday near Ellensburg. Photo: Bryan Flint/DNR.

The Taylor Bridge Fire, which started Monday afternoon, has burned approximately 28,000 acres and destroyed about 60 primary residences, reported the InciWeb site today. UPDATE (9 a.m., 8/16/2012: estimate refinded to 22,000 acres burned.)

The first of two public meetings to provide more information to evacuees and area residents was planned for 4 p.m. today (August 15) at Cle Elum Roslyn High School Gymnasium. A second informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. UPDATE: 10:30 a.m., 8/16/2012: ‘500+ residents attend Taylor Bridge town hall meetings’; KIMA-TV)

More than 800 personnel are assigned to the fire, which prompted a state mobilization of resources and a governor’s state of emergency declaration for Kittitas and Yakima counties. The proclamation responds to a request from DNR which handles statewide wildfire efforts.

Here are photos of the Taylor Bridge Fire from the DNR Flickr page

Additional photos are on the Ellensburg Record News website.

Keep up-to-date by following DNR’s Fire Twitter feed: waDNR_fire and viewing updates from the  fire’s incident team on InciWeb


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