Bolt Creek Fire update: US 2 closed, smoke in Snohomish County

Crews are removing trees burned by the Bolt Creek Fire along Highway 2 that are in danger of falling onto the roadway.

INDEX, Wash. — Highway 2 between Index and Skykomish will remain closed Monday as crews remove unsafe trees burned in the Bolt Creek Fire.

A 13-mile section of US 2 is closed between Sunset Falls, east of Index-Galena Road (milepost 36) and Fifth Street North in Skykomish (milepost 49).

The trees burned in the fire could fall onto the roadway, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Other hazards include falling rocks and rolling debris as the fire continues to destabilize the site, according to Northwest Incident Management Team 8.

The Bolt Creek Fire has been burning since Sept. 10 and has grown to 10,220 acres as of Monday morning, according to the fire management team.

Firefighters achieved 79% of their mission objective of protecting the Highway 2 corridor and preventing an east-west spread. The north side of the fire is in the Wild Sky Wilderness and growth is expected to be minimal due to outcroppings and other holding features.

The management team estimates it will achieve its goals on Tuesday, after which fire management will be handed over to the Western Washington Type 3 team.

The fire was moving “slowly” due to favorable weather over the weekend, the fire management team said.

However, onshore current is displaces the smoke of the forest fires to the west in Snohomish County on Monday morning and could affect air quality, according to the National Weather Service.

The following evacuations apply:

Index and Skykomish are under Evacuation Level 1, which means get ready. Baring, Grotto, and the area along US 2 east to the Money Creek Tunnel are under a Level 2 evacuation, which means get ready. The area along US 2 from the west side of the Money Creek Tunnel to Milestone 48 and Forest Service Road 65 or Beckler River Road is under a Level 3 evacuation, meaning you must leave now.

The fire damaged an outbuilding, according to Northwest Incident Management Team 8.

Its cause is undetermined. Bolt Creek Fire update: US 2 closed, smoke in Snohomish County

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