Kittitas County: Progress of massive fire off I-90 halted; expect traffic on freeway

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Image credit: Kittitas County Fire Protection District #6, H/T Darcie Jo Correa

UPDATE at 3:45 p.m.: Ground and aerial efforts from Kittitas County Fire and Rescue, the Department of Natural Resources, and the United States Forest Service halted the forward progress of the large fire off of I-90 near milepost 78. The County Sheriff confirms that evacuation notices have been reduced for impacted residences and that residents may return to their hopes so long as they remain careful.

Please be advised that there is slow and heavy traffic on the freeway as a result of the fire. Authorities ask that you stay clear of the area while firefighters work to control the fire.


UPDATE at 3:30 p.m.: Snoqualmie Pass says that I-90 is open in both directions in Kittitas County despite a large fire burning off the side of the road on Friday afternoon. However, be mindful of emergency vehicles traveling through the area to provide support to contain this fire.


KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. — Fire crews and first responders are headed to the Leisure Lane development on Three Lakes Road and Little Creek Road for a wildfire that’s threatening residences and people.

According to a Facebook post by the Kittitas County Sheriff, homes on those roads are under a level three evacuation order, which means you must evacuate immediately. Kittitas County officials say that Nelson Siding Road and the Freeway may be subject to closures based on first responders’ containment efforts.

Kittitas County Fire Protection District No. 6 says that the eastbound lanes of I-90 are closed. Officials from Snoqualmie Pass also confirmed the immediate closures due to fire danger and emergency response.

Due to the heat, dry conditions, and moderate winds, fire danger is considered Very High to Extreme across Eastern Washington on Friday.

This is a breaking news story that will be updated as further details are revealed.

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