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August 6, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Brush fires slow I-5 southbound in Everett

Brush fires along southbound Interstate 5 slowed traffic during the evening commute south from Everett on Tuesday. At 4 p.m., several fires were sparked on the shoulder of I-5 between 41st Street Southeast and Highway 526. The backup stretched 3 miles, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Everett fire marshal Rick Robinson suspects the fire resulted from failed brakes or bearings or a dragging muffler rather than suspicious activity.

“We think it must have been mechanical failure of some kind,” he said.

The Everett Fire Department had extinguished most of the flames and was mopping up hot spots by 5:45 p.m, and the pace of traffic was appearing to quicken.

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