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By Roger Harnack
The Journal 

Wildfires prompt interstate closures


Last updated 7/18/2023 at 10:02am

Brian Bothun | Special to The Journal

Traffic backs up along Interstate 90 west of Ritzville as a wildfire approaches. The interstate was briefly closed due to smoke.

RITZVILLE – The wildfire that destroyed two buildings and prompted the closure of Interstate 90 was fully contained Monday night, July 17.

It was one of two fires effecting travel on Interstate 90 through Adams and Lincoln counties.

The other fire, burning in rural Lincoln County near Fishtrap Lake, was still active at press time.

Pushed by gusty wind, smoke from the blazes prompted the closure of Interstate 90 about 2 miles west of Ritzville and near the Fishtrap exit Monday afternoon.

"Brush fire smoke over road, on I-90 eastbound at Milepost 218," an alert issued by the agency said, an...

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