Highway 2 over Stevens Pass is closed on Saturday from Galena Road to Beklerov Road because of growing forest fire in in area.
Bolt Creek fire, as it was called, was first reported 20 acres early Saturday but quickly grew to over 1,000 acres, according to the Washington State Department. of Natural resources. Spokesman Ryan Rodrak said he was burning wood. in mountainous terrain.
Level 3 evacuation order issued. for beckler river camping, just north of Skykomish, which means anyone in in area should leave now, Washington State Patrolman Anthony Reese said Saturday morning.
City of Grotto, west of Skykomish is on extraction level 2, which means people should be packed and ready and go. City of The index, further west, is at evacuation level 1. Residents should think about planning and packing for your trip, just in case.
branch of Natural Resources sent helicopters to area, equipped drain the water on fires. fire is on borders of state and federal forestry lands and response will be coordinated between agencies.
The wind is expected to drive smoke from fire west towards Seattle, possibly humiliating air the quality of being unhealthy for all groups. Ash covers areas as far south as Mill Creek and may soon the fall on Seattle. The fog will probably linger in Western Washington until Sunday.
Bolt Creek fire adds for having a hard week for fires in Western Washington. Goat Rocks fire near Packwood, in Lewis County is currently valued at 1,200 acres. Highway 12 from Skate Creek to White Pass closed result. Highway 123 is also closed, from Highway 12 to Highway 410. Timberline, Goat Rocks, and High Valley neighborhoods to the east of Packwood is under evacuation level 3 while the rest of Packwood is under evacuation level 2.
Kalama firesouthwest of Mount St. Helens prompted a Level Three evacuation from the border. of Cowlitz and Lewis counties and border of Skamania and Cowlitz counties. Residents can find more information on US Forest Service website.