Highway 20 through the North Cascades National Park has reopened after being closed more than a week due to wildfires.
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Highway 20 through the North Cascades National Park has reopened after being closed more than a week due to wildfires.
The Bellingham Herald reports that the highway opened around noon Sunday after rainfall over the weekend reduced the fires’ threat. Several fires were sparked by lightning in early August in timber and underbrush in the area.
The North Cascades National Park visitor center was also scheduled to open Sunday, as well as several campgrounds in the area.
Washington Department of Transportation crews have cleared the highway of burned trees and checked nearby slopes for landslide dangers.
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The fires in the area have burned a total of 8,505 acres and are nearly 70 percent contained. Cost of the fires is estimated at $1.6 million.
Wildfire conditions can change rapidly. Phone the North Cascades Highway Hotline at 360-707-5055 for updates or go to wsdot.wa.gov (click on ‘travel alerts”).