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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Contact:
Bryan Dominique, Public Information Officer, 360-463-3437, or email bryan.dominique@co.thurston.wa.us  
Lanette Dyer, West Thurston Fire Public Information Officer, 360-701-4593 or email lanette.dyer@westthurstonfire.org 

Level III Evacuation Order in Place for Mima Road due to Wildfire
Thurston County Emergency Coordination Center Activated to Level II

​OLYMPIA – At 3:25 p.m. a Level III evacuation order was sent out through Thurston Community Alert (TC Alert), for Mima Road Southwest, from Bordeaux Road South to Mima Gate Road, which includes the Bordeaux Ranch, due to a wildfire burning in the area. A Level III evacuation order is an order to leave the area.

The reunification site is at Littlerock Elementary School (12710 Littlerock Road Southwest, 98512) and animal shelter is at the Thurston County Fairgrounds and Event Center (3054 Carpenter Road Southeast, 98503).

For those effected by the wildfire and in need of assistance, including help with sheltering, please call the American Red Cross virtual temporary evacuation point at 571-595-7723.

Fire crews are continuing to work to contain the wildfire, with state and local fire agencies responding with ground crews and air drops. The fire, which began after a transformer blew and spread quickly due to sustained winds, has burned approximately 50-acres of land as of about 5:30 p.m., and resulted in the loss of two homes and two outbuildings. An additional 100 homes remain threatened.

A Level II evacuation order is also in place for a mile radius surrounding the affected area. A Level II evacuation order encourages residents to prepare to evacuate should the need arise.

Thurston County Public Works has shut down Mima Road Southwest between 128th Avenue Southwest and Hunter Road due to the wildfire. For the most up-to-date road closures, please visit: https://www.co.thurston.wa.us/publicworks/travelImpacts.html.

At 5:30 p.m. today Thurston County Emergency Management activated the Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) to help coordinate response to the wildfire. For the most up-to-date information, please follow West Thurston Fire on Facebook and Twitter at:

To receive emergency notifications by phone, email, and/or land line, please sign up for TC Alert at: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/em/Pages/ei-alert.aspx. For more information, please call the ECC at (360) 867-2800.

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County Commissioners:

John Hutchings
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3