Wildfire closes Stevens Pass and requests an evacuation order

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Highway 2 over Stevens Pass is closed Saturday, from Galena Road to Beckler Road, due to a growing wildfire in the area.

The Bolt Creek Fire, as it has been named, was first reported early Saturday on 20 acres but quickly spread to more than 1,000 acres, according to the State Department of Natural Resources. Washington. Spokesman Ryan Rodruck said it was burning through wood in mountainous terrain.

A Level 3 evacuation order has been issued for Beckler River Campground, just north of Skykomish, which means anyone in the area should leave now, the state trooper said Saturday morning. Washington Anthony Reese.

The town of Grotto, west of Skykomish, is under a level 2 evacuation, which means people should be packed up and ready to go. The town of Index, further west, is under Level 1 evacuation. Residents should consider planning and packing to leave, just in case.

The Department of Natural Resources sent helicopters to the area, equipped to drop water on the fires. The fire is on the border of state and federal forest service lands and the response will be coordinated between the agencies.

The Bolt Creek Fire adds to what has been a tough week for fires in western Washington. The Goat Rocks Fire, near Packwood, Lewis County, is now estimated to cover 1,200 acres. Highway 12 from Skate Creek to White Pass is therefore closed. Highway 123 is also closed, from Highway 12 to Highway 410. The Timberline, Goat Rocks, and High Valley neighborhoods east of Packwood are under a Level 3 evacuation, while the rest of Packwood is under a level 2 drain.

The Kalama Fire, southwest of Mount St. Helens, prompted Level 3 evacuations from the Cowlitz and Lewis counties border and the Skamania and Cowlitz counties border. Residents can find more information on the US Forest Service website.

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