Brush fire briefly closes section of Wash. highway

Authorities say a 40-acre grass and brush fire in central Washington’s Kittitas County briefly threatened some homes and sent up smoke that temporarily closed a roughly 15-mile section of U.S. Highway 97 in the Ellensburg area.

State Trooper Darren Wright said the highway reopened shortly before 11:30 p.m. Monday. It was closed for about two hours.

John Sinclair of Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue said late Monday night that the fire was 95 percent contained. It was reported earlier in the evening.

Sinclair says some homes were threatened initially but the fire was directed around them.

He says the fire was caused by someone burning brush on a windy day.