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Fire danger level raised

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LVFD report: Lyle Fire and Rescue KCFPd No.4 has been busy responding to multiple car accidents along Highway 14 and Old Highway 8 Rowland Lake, along with multiple accidents along Highway 142. With the great weather we’ve been having, more people are venturing out to enjoy the outdoors. Please pay attention, watch for turning cars/motorcycles, and wear your seat belts. Correction, sort of, about the semi-truck wreck last week. I drove by the spot where it left the highway, went over the guard rail and into Rowland Lake. It showed that it was not near the intersection that usually causes the accidents.

Klickitat County will be seeing a new group of EMTs in the near future. Always great seeing more community members volunteer their time and hard work supporting emergency services in our county.

The fire danger level has been raised to moderate. With the warmer weather and drying wind, vegetation and grasses are drying out quickly. Lyle and Klickitat County have already experienced grass fires, most started from burn piles that were not fully extinguished and rekindled. Your fire isn’t fully out until it is cold down to the bare ground. Please do not attempt any burns when the wind is blowing, as it can take an innocent ember and start a wildfire. For questions about Zone 2 (Lyle Community) burn ban, you can follow Lyle Fire on Facebook or access Klickitat County Department of Emergency Management website.

Patty Elkins from the LVF/EMS has secured a WSDOT representative to attend Lyle Community Council’s next council meeting in May to talk about accidents and congestion on Hwy 14 and hear community input. 

The LFD. will be signing the burn ban for Zone 2 at a county commissioner meeting and will start May 15.

Kelly Johnson, liaison for OLESS (Old Lyle Elementary School Supporters), stated the organization is looking for motivated and helpful board members. If you are interested in volunteering—and helping the community in which you abide—please email

The Good Food program affiliated with WAGAP now has a sufficient supply of paper bags, and we are going to stop collecting them until further notice. But they are now offering laundry detergent and dish detergent, and so they’re asking for clean glass jars/bottles to be donated so that we can fill them up with the suds. They are always looking for extra food which to share with the community. The best way to donate is to drop items off during their hours of operation. They are continuing with their spring hours of distribution, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. at Lyle Activity Center.

Lyle’s awesome birder Bob Hansen is once more heading up the annual Spring 2021 Klickitat County North American Migration Count on Saturday, May 8. “Once again we will be practicing appropriate social distancing—meaning I will not be assigning folks together in the same car to ride around for five to eight hours,” Bob says. “So please let me know if you would like to participate, either solo or with a friend/partner/spouse of your choosing. And if you have a favorite area you would like to count, let me know that as well.” By the way, this count coincides with the eBird Global Big Day: Results of the Spring 2020 count can be found at, and the year-by-year Spring Count summary which includes 2020 can be found at: And last but not least, the Fall2020 count by sector is at Bob added: “Happy birding, while staying safe and well, We are all in this together.”

On April 20, Lyle Community Council’s Chair Julie Larson, along with member of the Access to the Sandbar and River Subcommittee Vern Harpole, presented the Council’s Proclamation on safe and legal access to the Lyle Sandbar at the Klickitat County commissioners meeting. We are happy to report the commissioners unanimously voted to support the Proclamation and will pass a resolution stating so in the next two weeks. As discussed at the April Lyle Community Council meeting, the May 13 meeting at 6:30 p.m. will have an in-person, Covid-compliant option. Please attend healthy, wear a mask and agree to stay six feet apart (meeting will be subject to change based on Public Health direction). The Council meeting will also be available via Zoom, and the link will be posted on the Lyle Council Facebook page and the “What’s Happening in Lyle” email publication. Save the date, and more details will follow.

The Mary Sorensen family wishes to thank everyone for attending the graveside service on Saturday the 24th. A lifetime family friend, Dennis Beeks, was gracious enough to read her obituary, and her grandson Cameron had the honor of interning her ashes. Each person had a chance to speak their personal memories. The estate sale for her belongings is being carried over to next weekend, Friday, April 30, and Saturday and Sunday, May 1 and 2, with prices slashed to yard sale prices, with the same hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.