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Brush fire along I-5 is making a mess of the evening commute in Kent

Brush fire northbound on I-5

Crews are working to contain a brush fire along Interstate 5 in Kent. Traffic is backed south of 320th Street in Federal Way.
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Crews are working to contain a brush fire along Interstate 5 in Kent. Traffic is backed south of 320th Street in Federal Way.

UPDATE: The fire is now out and all traffic lanes are open.

Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority spokesman Kyle Ohashi said the fire threatened, but did not burn, a neighborhood in the 25500 block of Kent’s west hill.

Homeowners used garden hoses to help fire crews fight the fire, he said.

Also involved in the fight was a crash truck from Sea-Tac Airport. Normally used in aircraft fires, the truck can spray water while moving. Regular fire trucks don’t have that ability, Ohashi said.

ORIGINAL STORY: A brush fire along northbound Interstate 5 in Kent is making the evening commute a three-mile long headache.

The Washington Department of Transportation is advising motorists to use alternate routes.

The fire is near 260th Street. Traffic is currently backed up south of 320th Street in Federal Way.

Fire crews are working on the fire.

Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541, @crsailor

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