Fire Crews Respond to Multiple Brush Fires on I-90 near Snoqualmie

The temperatures may have cooled a bit from their record highs of last week, but it’s still dry in the Snoqualmie Valley – VERY dry – and Sunday afternoon drivers along I-90 got an up close-up view of just how quickly a brush fire can start, and spread, due to the tinder-like conditions.

Local firefighters responded to multiple median brush fires along I-90 between the SR 18/I-90 interchange and exit 27 (Snoqualmie Casino), around 4:45PM, Sunday, July 12, 2015 around 4:45PM.

Numerous Snoqualmie Valley residents reported seeing the flames between the Snoqualmie Ridge and Snoqualmie Casino exits. WSDOT said the left lanes of both eastbound and westbound I-90 were closed as crews battled the median fires. Luckily, fire crews knocked the flames down quickly, leaving only the charred median as a reminder. Lanes were reopened around 5:45PM.

Conditions in east King County remain extremely dry, even with a light sprinkling of rain over the weekend. ¬†Eastside Fire & Rescue also reported via social media that they responded to a “two-story residential house fire with flames from the roof” in North Bend around 3PM, July 12th.

Fire crews have not stated the cause of Sunday’s median fire.

Fire burns in the I-90 median near Snoqualmie, 7/12/15. Photo: Rachel Harris

Fire burns in the I-90 median near Snoqualmie, 7/12/15. Photo: Rachel Harris

 

Charred I-90 median near I-90/SR18 interchange, 77/12/15.  Photo: Rachel Harris

Charred I-90 median near I-90/SR18 interchange, 77/12/15. Photo: Rachel Harris

 

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Fire crews deal with a median fire along I-90 near Snoqualmie Sunday, 7/12/15. Photo: Rachel Harris

 

Fire in the I-90 median between milepost 25 and 27 near Snoqualmie. Photo: Rachel Harris

Fire in the I-90 median between milepost 25 and 27 near Snoqualmie. Photo: Rachel Harris

 

 

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