North Cascades Highway reopens, fires continue burning
BELLINGHAM, Washington (AP) – The North Cascades Freeway reopened after wildfires closed for nearly a month.
The Washington State Division of Transportation introduced the reopening of the highway earlier this week, The Bellingham Herald reported.
Washington State Division of Transportation officers mentioned in a weblog submit that firefighters proceed to make use of the freeway for restoration work. Due to this, the velocity between mile posts 166 and 172 will probably be diminished to 35 mph and a pilot automotive will transfer site visitors via the world, and officers mentioned they anticipate journey delays.
“Fires are nonetheless burning throughout the state that may have an effect on journey and situations can change rapidly,” the submit mentioned. “Be sure to have sufficient water and a full tank and examine our app or journey warning card for the newest info earlier than you go on a visit.”
The highway was initially closed to fireplace combating on July 12 about 20 miles west of Winthrop and close to Early Winters. The freeway remained open on the west facet, permitting entry to the North Cascades Nationwide Park customer heart in Newhalem and close by mountaineering trails, however passage to the east facet of the state was prohibited.