ABERDEEN –  travelers in south Aberdeen will soon see a new stop signal as crews will activate the new signal at US 101 and State Route 105 by noon on Tuesday, Aug. 15.

The improvements include new traffic signals with an additional crosswalk on US 101. The new crosswalk allows pedestrians to cross US 101 from the south side of the road towards Sky Sweeps Park on the north side and back. The sidewalks at the intersection also have upgrades that meet the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Western Washington Type 3 Incident Management Team took over fire command and operations early this morning, August 4th and have an update for us.

 The Margarita Fire started August 3rd at approximately 12:30am. Firefighters were dispatched to the scene in response to a 911 call. The Quinault Indian Nation requested support yesterday and the Western Washington Type 3 Incident Management Team responded, in-briefing yesterday afternoon. 

The fire is currently 61 acres and 0% contained. It is burning in a timber sale unit that is a mix of cedar slash and standing trees, surrounded by heavy timber. Crews worked yesterday to keep the fire in check with the support of two helicopters and two scooper aircraft. Aerial support is dropping water to cool hot spots, assisting firefighters on the ground. 

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) announced yesterday that the state’s new Hit-and-Run Alert system will begin operations on Tuesday Aug. 1, 2023. this alert system is simular to what media would see as an Amber Alert, Silver Alert, Missing Indigenous Person Alert sending media outlets and potentially cell phone alerts on a suspect and vehicle they are searching for that has ran from the scene of a serious collision.