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July 18, 2014 at 7:41 AM

Fires close several highways east of Cascades

UPDATE, 3:09 p.m.: I-90 eastbound is now open, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Original post: The effects of fire and smoke continued to pose challenges for travelers in Central and Eastern Washington this morning. Among the high-impact closures:

Highway 2 is closed through Tumwater Canyon west of Leavenworth. No detour was available Friday morning and no reopening time was set.

Highway 97 between Chelan and Pateros was closed. The highway was also closed north of Brewster, and no time for reopening has been determined.

Highway 20 remains closed east of Twisp in both directions from milepost 206 at Finley Canyon to milepost 215 at the Loup Loup Pass Summit because of fire activity. There is no detour and no estimate for when the highway will reopen.

Interstate 90’s eastbound lanes west of Vantage were closed by smoke and by ash up to 6 inches deep, and were likely to remain  closed all day, because of concern that 40 mph winds could whip up the ash and reduce visibility.  Crews were spreading de-icer on the ash to keep the dust down.  A detour is conducting traffic around the scene.  The westbound lanes — some distance away from the eastbound lanes in that area — were open.

If you’re headed to Central or Eastern Washington, check the Washington State Department of Transportation’s website for a complete list of current closures.

Related: I-90 bridge closure starts Friday night

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