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.
UPDATE: One EB lane is scheduled to reopen at 3 p.m. between mileposts 115 at Kittitas and 136 at Vantage Bridge. Once reopen, drivers will need to follow a pilot vehicle through the area. The speed limit will be reduced to 40 mph. WB lanes remain open.— I-90 Snoqualmie Pass (@SnoqualmiePass) July 20, 2018
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.
#WaWILDFIRE UPDATE: The #BoylstonFire is estimated at burning 70,000 acres. The fire is difficult for ground crews to access. A type 2 team is enroute to the fire.— Washington State DNR Wildfire (@waDNR_fire) July 20, 2018
Photo taken by an Ahtanum crew when they were evacuating Wanapum recreational area on Thursday night. pic.twitter.com/EhKK4BRLTn
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.
#WaWILDFIRE UPDATE: The Yakima Training Center reports the #BoylstonFire grew to 58,000 acres overnight. DNR is assisting. Substantial resources were ordered: right now at least 150 firefighting personnel on scene. Air assets plan to return to assist today.— Washington State DNR Wildfire (@waDNR_fire) July 20, 2018
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.
#BoylstonFire Update: I90 will remain closed both directions (EB 115 & WB 136) until 6 AM due to extreme unpredictable fire behavior and wind. At 6 AM, the fire situation will be reassessed. The plan is to open WB I90 only and keep the EB detour.— Trooper Brian Moore (@wspd6pio) July 20, 2018
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.
#BREAKING: E90 MP122 7 Mi E of Kittitas - Brush fire in the median and right shoulder. Roadway fully blocked. Alt rte available...motorists directed to exit 115. ETA for opening unknown at this time. jb— Trooper Brian Moore (@wspd6pio) July 19, 2018
#UPDATE: The fire has jumped the median to the westbound side of I90. All lanes of I90 are now closed and traffic is being diverted westbound to Vantage Highway just past the Vantage Bridge (Exit 136). jb https://t.co/D1DQYmFIlQ— Trooper Brian Moore (@wspd6pio) July 19, 2018
#WaWILDFIRE UPDATE - fire along #I90 east of #Kittitas now named #BoylstonFire & estimated 100 acres in size. Heavy air resources helping the 12 engines on the ground work to contain. All lanes of I90 now closed, per @wspd6pio with westbound traffic detoured on Vantage Highway. https://t.co/lYrF3TEgls— Washington State DNR Wildfire (@waDNR_fire) July 19, 2018