Investigators reported earlier this week, that the Taylor Bridge wildfire erupting in Eastern Washington may have began near the Cle Elum Bridge, and Firefighters have been working to control the hazardous fire ever since. Yesterday afternoon, the Seattle Times reported that the fire had burned some 22,600 acres, and firefighters were able to contain 25% of the flames. Firefighters are probably a week or so away from fully controlling the fire, and so far there has only been one person injured, a firefighter who received treatment for minor cuts and burns.
As of this morning, reports claim that the firefighters working through the night had a successful night, and ended up evacuating 50 people from their homes near the Lauderdale and Riverview neighborhoods, bringing the total evacuated number up to 500. There are around 900 firefighters currently working to calm the fires and keep them from crossing Interstate 90, and Highway 970 where clumps of timber would likely fuel the flame. For round the clock updates on the fire’s progression, visit the Seattle Times.
Saturday, May 28th, 2011, is the 20th annual Easton Memorial Day Celebration. While I do not have the details of this year’s event, I assume it will follow the general time line that is has in the past. The day includes the Easton Memorial Day Parade. The parade starts at noon and and run along Railroad Street. Around the parade, there are generally events all day. In the past they have had a pancake breakfast at the Easton School Cafeteria from 8 am to 11 am. Street vendors start selling food, crafts, and even host carnival type games starting around 10 am and lasting until around 6 pm. And the Cabin Creek Cruisers Car Club will have their 8th annual car show starting around 9 am and going to about 3:30 pm.
Again, I do not have the details of this year’s event, but that is how it has gone in the past. Stop by Easton this Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend there will be plenty of fun to catch even if my timeline is a little off.
Easton is located off Exit 71 of I-90, about 9 miles west of the Roslyn exit (Exit 80) and 13 miles west of Cle Elum (Exit 84).
The Mountain Mermaid is located in the old American Legion building on East Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Roslyn. The Mountain Mermaid is the perfect place to do about anything. Looking for something to eat? They have sandwiches, soups, cookies, breakfast croissants, etc. Looking for coffee? Order an espresso. Want to buy some art or random toys, books, or other knickknacks? Got that too. Want to know about anything in Roslyn area? Ask them – nearly every person working there has lived in Roslyn their entire lives and knows the area like the back of their hands. Want to rent your next vacation room? The Mountain Mermaid has hostel lodging on the second floor with shared bathrooms and kitchenette with prices starting as low as $40/night depending on size of the room and the time of the year. If you are looking for something nicer, they manage over 60 other places to stay including Harry’s Inn and individual homes in the Roslyn / Cle Elum area. For more information follow the link to Roslyn vacation rentals.
So whether you need a place to stay, lunch, a cup of Joe, or just needs some directions – stop in Roslyn’s Mountain Mermaid – they can help you.
The Cascades have seen 83 inches of snow since February 22nd, and after some rain the other day in Roslyn / Cle Elum area it is again snowing. There was so much snow in the Cascades that I-90 was shut down for 70 miles the other day. If you can get there, it is great time to go to Roslyn and enjoy the winter weather.
Heavy snowfall has been hitting the area as of late, and 1-90 was closed for a couple hours Monday due to dangerous routes. Roslyn nor Cle Elum were accessible from approximately 11:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., when DOT reported all lane were open again. Nearly 8 inches of snow had fallen since early Monday and over 70 miles of 1-90 was closed. Although the interstate is open once again, be careful on your commutes to Roslyn and Cle Elum as there is still a lot of snow in the area.