North Bend brush fire threatens homes

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NORTH BEND - A large brush fire shut down all eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 for an hour and had people in the Cedar Village neighborhood scrambling to protect their homes last week.

At about 4:15 p.m. on July 29, units responded to a fire that broke out along I-90 between mileposts 32 and 34. The cause of the fire has yet to be released by the King County Fire Marshal.

Homeowners in the area were quick to protect their property. Many grabbed garden hoses and fought the flames along with the firefighters.

Although several homeowners were contacted, no homes in the Cedar Village neighborhood were evacuated, and eastbound I-90 was closed due to poor visibility caused by smoke, no homes were damaged nor injuries reported, according to Eastside Fire and Rescue (EFR) officials. The fire destroyed mostly shrubs and grass, EFR officials said.

By 5:15 p.m., crews had contained the fire and one eastbound lane of I-90 was opened to alleviate the 10-mile back up of vehicles.

The more than 10 fire agencies responding to the blaze included North Bend, EFR, Duvall, Carnation, Snoqualmie and the U.S. Forest Service.

Eastside Fire and Rescue will be hosting a post-fire meeting at 7 p.m., Aug. 4, at the Mount Si Senior Center, located at 411 Main Ave. South in North Bend. The meeting is expected to last approximately 90 minutes.

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