Washington wildfire human caused, evacuation orders lifted

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SKYKOMISH, Wash. (AP) — The Western Washington Incident Management Team has confirmed that the Bolt Creek Fire burning northeast of Seattle was human-caused.

KING-TV reports the fire as of Monday had grown to approximately 19.5 square miles and was 36% contained.

The fire is being allowed to spread into the Wild Sky Wildnerness, primarily around Eagle Rock north of Skykomish, away from most homes.

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The exact origin and cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

All evacuations were lifted over the weekend. U.S. Highway 2 was back open Monday afternoon after closures to remove fire-damaged trees.

Officials anticipate infrequent and short closures to continue this week.


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