A brush fire broke out along state Route 512 in Pierce County on Friday, slowing traffic and threatening buildings, authorities said.
The blaze started about about 5:15 p.m. near the Portland Avenue interchange.
“The fire has spread approximately half a mile and reached a home in the area. Troopers and fire are on scene,” State Patrol trooper Guy Gill reported on Twitter.
The two left lanes of westbound Route 512 were blocked, the state Department of Transportation reported, and Central Pierce Fire & Rescue advised people to avoid the area.
Crews are fighting a brush fire at SR 512 and Portland. Heavy traffic in both directions. PLEASE AVOID THE AREA. pic.twitter.com/Sl1mBkPYpE— Central Pierce PIO (@CPFR_PIO) July 14, 2018