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Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 15:28

Update (4:12 p.m.):  All lanes of I-90 are now closed and traffic is being diverted westbound to the Vantage Highway, past the Vantage Bridge. The fire has jumped the median to the westside of the highway.

The roadway is fully blocked due to a fast-growing brush fire along 1-90, seven miles east of Kittitas. Traffic is taking Exit 117 for an alternate route. The fire is currently buring between Milepost 122 and 125. Source: Washington State Patrol

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 10:23

All evacuation notices have been lifted for the town of Vantage and Huntzinger Road has reopened to traffic. The Ryegrass Coulee Fire is expected to be fully contained today. Source: Kittitas County Sheriff

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 13:20

Update (8 p.m.): The evacuation order for Vantage has been lowered to a Level 1 - Be Aware.

The evacuation order for the town of Vantage has been lowered to Level 2. Residents are able to return home but are advised to continue to monitor the Ryegrass Coulee Fire status.

Both I-90 and Vantage Highway are open in both directions. Huntzinger Road remains closed south of I-90. Source:  Kittitas County Sheriff

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 10:45

Interstate 90 is scheduled to open in both directions at noon. Drive safely. Source: Washington State Department of Transportation

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 08:50

The #RyegrassCouleeFire continues to burn in the Vantage area, causing fire and smoke to abstruct visability. I-90 remains closed at Exit 115 and east of Vantage Bridge, with no estimated time for reopening. Drivers are encouraged to stay clear of area and use alternate routes, including US 97 over Blewett Pass through Wenatchee and US 12 over White Pass.

The town of Vantage remains under a Level 3 evacuation - LEAVE NOW. Source: Kittitas County Sheriff

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