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By Roger Harnack
Cheney Free Press 

Fires burning near Fishtrap, Ritzville

Smoke creates "whiteout" conditions, prompting I-90 closures


Last updated 7/17/2023 at 4:04pm

National Weather Service

FISHTRAP – Smoke from multiple wildfires is creating near-whiteout conditions along portions of Interstate 90, prompting the state Department to of Transportation to close the highway.

Fires erupted earlier this afternoon at multiple locations along the highway.

"Brush fire smoke over road, on I-90 eastbound at Milepost 218," an alert issued by the agency said, announcing the interstate closure west of Ritzville.

The fire started about 2:26 p.m., the state reported.

"It's like white-out conditions here because of the smoke," Ritzville resident and businessman Corey Bartlett said.


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