OLYMPIA – The Level III evacuation for the Bordeaux Fire evacuation area has been lifted and verified residents can now return to their homes. Only one lane of traffic is open and heavy fire agency traffic remains on Mima Road and the surrounding area.
Those returning to their homes should be prepared to slow down and to show identification.
There are currently no fires burning, but many hot spots remain, leaving the possibility of the fire picking back up. The Department of Natural Resources and local agencies continue to respond. The approximate area burned is 290-acres, and West Thurston Fire can confirm that one primary residence was destroyed. A more accurate number of the damage caused by the fire will be available after a damage assessment is conducted.
For Wednesday, September 9, the high winds have subsided, however the greater Puget Sound region is still under a Red Flag Warning. A Red Flag Warning means critical fire weather conditions are either imminent or occurring now, including gusty winds, low humidity and hot, dry temperatures.
Power is still out in the area. For updates on power outages, please visit: https://pse.com/accountsandservices/ServiceAlert/Pages/outage-map.aspx. A power outage map is also available at: https://www.pse.com/outage/outage-map.
Animal shelter is still available at the Thurston County Fairgrounds and Event Center (3054 Carpenter Road Southeast, 98503). For those effected by the fire and in need of assistance, including help with sheltering, please call the American Red Cross virtual temporary evacuation point at 571-595-7723.
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