Last of the Taylor Bridge Fire evacuees allowed home

Last of the Taylor Bridge Fire evacuees allowed home
Taylor Bridge Fire. Action News photo
KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. -- Remaining evacuees who've been sleeping somewhere else since the Taylor Bridge Fire started more than a week ago can go back home Thursday. Firefighters have it 91 percent contained and expect to have full containment by next Wednesday.

Authorities lowered the last of the Level 3 evacuation zones to Level 2 status. That opens those neighborhoods to the people who live there only. Access is restricted to everyone else.

Road blocks are still up on Hidden Valley Road at Lambert Road and a mile and a half east of Taylor Road on Lambert Road.

Authorities say there are still downed power lines in these areas and everyone needs to avoid them and treat them as if they are live wires.

Fire victims can also get help Thursday from 8 am - 12 pm at the Resource Recovery Center set up at Central Washington University in Green Hall.

Several agencies have been invited to be a part of the assistance effort. They include:

The American Red Cross
Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health
Chestnut Street Baptist Church
Housing Authority of Kittitas County
Kittitas County Building Department
Kittitas County Environmental Health
Kittitas County Public Health Department
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Waste Management
Kittitas County PUD
Kittitas County Conservation District
Washington State Insurance Commissioner representative