Crews working to line Boylston fire, evacuation notices lifted

UPDATE 11:00am July 21

The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office says that there are no evacuation notices for the Boylston Fire Saturday morning.

The fire has reached 70,000 acres. Washington DNR says a total of 300 firefighter personnel are making good progress on the fire and hoping to completely line it today.

UPDATE 4:10 p.m. July 20

After some delay, Washington State Patrol reports one lane of Interstate 90 has reopened  at the Kittitas interchange at milepost 115 to the Vantage Bridge at milepost 136. Drivers must follow a pilot vehicle through the area and the speed limit is 40 mph. An alternate route is still available. The lane was originally supposed to open at 3 p.m.

UPDATE 2:50 p.m., July 20

Washington Department of Transportation says one eastbound lane of I-90 is expected to reopen at 3 p.m. Friday. between mileposts 115 at Kittitas and 136 at Vantage Bridge.

WSDOT says once the lane reopens, drivers will have to follow a pilot vehicle through the area and a 40 mph speed limit will be in place.

Crews continue to fight the fire from the air and the ground Friday afternoon. At last report the fire was 70,000 acres in size. 

UPDATE 10 a.m. July 20 

Washington Department of Natural Resources is now reporting the Boylston fire is 70,000 acres in size as of Friday morning. More fire crews are en route to battle the blaze, but firefighters say the fire is burning in an area that's difficult to access.

UPDATE 7:40am, July 20

Washington DNR reports the Boylston Fire grew to 58,000 acres overnight. 

"Substantial resources" were ordered over night and right now at least 150 firefighting personnel on scene. Air assets will also be assisting ground crews Friday. 

Eastbound I-90 remains closed at Kittitas, but detours are in place. The situation will be reevaluated at 4pm. 

This is a developing story. Stay tuned for updates. 

UPDATE: 7:00 am, July 20:

I-90 westbound has reopened at Vantage, however, eastbound I-90 remains closed due to fire activity. 

Detours are in place. 

The situation will be reevaluated at 4pm. 

UPDATE: 5:30 am, July 20: 

The Washington State Patrol says I-90 will remain closed in both directions until at least 6:00am, when the fire situation will then be reassessed. 

Stay tuned for updates. 

Update 10:15pm: The Boylston fire has grown to an estimated 6,000 acres as Interstate-90 continues to remain closed near Kittitas.

Kittitas County Sheriff's issued Level 3 evacuation notices for Auvil Fruit Company and later upgraded Wanapum State Park from a Level 2 to a Level 3.

The Red Cross opened up a shelter for evacuees at Wahluke Junior High

Previous coverage: Eastbound and Westbound traffic on Interstate-90 are blocked as crews respond to a fast-moving brush fire near Kittitas.

The Boylston Fire has grown to an estimated 100 acres Thursday afternoon.

The fire is located seven miles east of Kittitas in the median and right shoulder at Mile Post 122. An alternate route is available for eastbound travelers at exit 115. An estimated time for reopening is not available at this time.

Just after 4 p.m., WSP Trooper says the fire had jumped the median to the westbound side of I-90. All lanes of I-90 are now closed and traffic is being diverted westbound to Vantage Highway just past the Vantage Bridge (Exit 136).

Washington State DNR has 12 engines on the ground along with heavy air resources working to contain the fire.