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Yelm brush fire highlighted city’s access vulnerability

– Editor’s note:
While en-route to Lacey today at approximately 2pm, westbound traffic was turned around at the 510 Bypass traffic circle due to a brush fire. The only access was via Rainier and there was an accident on Rainier Rd. through JBLM at Spurgeon Creek Rd. from eastbound detoured Yelm-bound traffic, which backed-up for miles. Drivers form Lacey and Red Wind Casino could not get to Yelm and traffic through Yelm could not get to Red Wind and Lacey. Yet another Achilles Heel was revealed about Yelm’s constricted surface streets access, which a ocmpleted Bypass would not have aided, as the Bypass was not accessible at the traffic circle.

– “Crews fighting brush fires in Rochester and Yelm”
“Southeast Thurston Fire crews, plus other fire districts, are fighting a brush fire in the area of state Route 510, Mud Run Road Southeast and Anderson Lane Southeast near Yelm.

Fire crews responded about noon to the Yelm area blaze.

The Yelm area fire also blocked eastbound state Route 510 at Church Kalama Road, near milepost 11, according to the state Department of Transportation,” By Rolf Boone, The Olympian.
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Posted by Steve on July 17, 2018 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

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