MYNORTHWEST NEWS

US 2 reopens after multiple closures over past month due to Bolt Creek Fire

Oct 5, 2022, 6:08 AM | Updated: Oct 10, 2022, 7:16 am

US 2...

Photo from King County Sheriff's Office

Update 6:07 p.m.:

A section of US 2 has reopened after it closed again on Wednesday due to the Bolt Creek Fire near Skykomish. The stretch of highway has been closed for nearly a month since the fire started.

=======================================================================

US Highway 2 will be partially closed again Wednesday as crews work to clear more hazardous trees and work to control the Bolt Creek Fire in Skykomish.

About six miles of road are expected to be closed between Grotto to the ranger station at 10:00 a.m. and won’t reopen until 6:00 p.m. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) recommends that drivers find alternate routes, as there are no detours.

US 2 reopens again as Bolt Creek Fire continues to burn

Crews have been working to identify and remove hazards from near the road, including partially burned trees and rocks, which officials are worried that if they are not cleared, they are in danger of falling onto the highway. Hundreds of trees have been removed in the past month.

US 2 has been closed and reopened several times over the past month, with all the shutdowns linked to hazards being cleared or firefighters working to combat the Bolt Creek Fire.

Evacuation guidance for the fire is no longer in place for residents in both Snohomish and King counties, but officials said that residents in the area should still remain vigilant. Conditions could change quickly, and evacuations may again become necessary.

“Containment lines on the south, east and west edges of the fire — namely, along US 2 and near structures — continue to hold well as the consumption strategy is allowed to continue. While the fire will continue to produce smoke as it burns to the north into Wild Sky Wilderness, firefighters remain engaged along containment lines to ensure that the fire stays in its footprint on its southern edge, as well as the southwest and southeast corners,” according to Wednesday’s update from the incident report.

The fire is estimated to have burned 12,625 acres and is 36% contained.

Wildfire smoke has cleared from most of the Puget Sound region, with much of the area experiencing “good air quality” or “moderate air quality,” though smoke continues to plague the area around Wenatchee National Forest with “unhealthy air quality,” according to the Washington Smoke Blog.

Officials announced earlier this week that the fire was human-caused. A team of investigators are working to determine what first sparked the fire on Sept. 10.

MyNorthwest News

Image: Student Jaahnavi Kandula...

Julia Dallas

Seattle attorney’s office files citation regarding officer who killed Jaahnavi Kandula

The Seattle City Attorney’s Office (CAO) Criminal Division filed a traffic infraction with the Seattle Municipal Court regarding the officer who struck and killed Jaahnavi Kandula, according to a news release from the CAO on Friday. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced on Feb. 21 that it would not charge Seattle Police Department Officer […]

2 hours ago

Image: A U.S. Army and Vietnam War veteran attends a Memorial Day event at the Santa Fe National Ce...

Julia Dallas

Washington legislature unanimously passes bill to help over 35,000 veterans

The Washington legislature unanimously passed a bill on Friday that would help over 35,000 veterans access state benefits.

3 hours ago

Image: Everett Historical Commissioners look on as City of Everett officials present their plan to ...

Feliks Banel

Everett official dodges key question about gazebo-saving compromise

An Everett spokesperson dodged KIRO Newsradio's question about whether Mayor Cassie Franklin is willing to accept the gazebo compromise.

4 hours ago

South 216th Street Bridge...

Nate Connors

I-5 near SeaTac closing this weekend as South 216th Street Bridge nears completion

The South 216th Street Bridge in SeaTac has nearly completed the installation of its concrete girders -- a heavy beam to support the deck of a bridge.

4 hours ago

Image: A Boeing 737 Max 7 is displayed during a debut for employees and media of the new jet in Ren...

Associated Press

Boeing says it’s in talks to buy Spirit AeroSystems, key supplier on troubled 737 Max

Boeing said Friday that it is in preliminary talks to buy Spirit AeroSystems, which builds fuselages for Boeing 737 Max jetliners.

4 hours ago

Image: Smith Island Lighthouse was built in 1858, it was decommissioned in the 1950s and eventually...

Feliks Banel

History hidden within NOAA’s ‘Inland Water Wind Reports’

The handful of spots along the shores of the Puget Sound, for which NOAA often gives windspeed reports, have their own history and charm.

5 hours ago

US 2 reopens after multiple closures over past month due to Bolt Creek Fire