Taylor Bridge Fire Update 8/24/12
Incident: Taylor Bridge Fire Wildfire
The Taylor Bridge Fire is nearly ready to turn over to a local Type 3 Southwest Washington Incident Management Team. Today, the transition team will be shadowing the members of the Washington Incident Management Team 2 in preparation to take command of the fire at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday. Demobilization of excess suppression equipment and firefighters will begin this evening.
The incoming incident management team will continue the current mop-up standards. Fire crews continue to comb the hillsides in search of hidden hot spots using infrared heat detecting devices.
Implementation of the rehabilitation plan has begun. The goal of a suppression rehabilitation plan is to mitigate and eliminate environmental resource impacts caused by the fire suppression efforts and to restore the area to its natural state. Firefighters will be working closely with local Resource Advisors to mitigate short and long-term soil erosion loss, minimize sediment delivery into streams and drainages in order to maintain water quality, mitigate the effects along riparian corridors, prevent establishment of new weed species, maintain visual quality of major forest roads and recreational sites, and remove all suppression related materials.
Road Closures: A portion of SR 10 remains the only road closure in the vicinity due to Washington Department of Transportation road construction. There are no road closures associated with the fire.
Incident Commander Rex Reed and the members of the Washington Incident Management Team 2 appreciate the support provided by the Local Fire Districts, Kittitas County Emergency Operation Center, Department of Natural Resources, United States Forest Service and the public during fire suppression efforts on the Taylor Bridge Fire.Beginning Saturday, August 25th at 6:00 a.m., the Taylor Bridge Fire Information Center will be closed. Future questions concerning the Taylor Bridge Fire can be directed to the Type 3 Southwest Incident Management Team at: (509) 260-1507 or 1518.