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Northbound lanes of I-5 closed after RV fire spreads to grass near Bow Hill

BOW, Wash. — All lanes of northbound I-5 were closed in by Bow Hill in Skagit County as of 12:45pm on August 24th while firefighters deal with a grassfire.

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) reported around 11:45pm that all lanes of northbound I-5 south of Bow Hill were closed due to an incident.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Glahn told Whatcom News an recreational vehicle fire had spread to grass along the interstate.

As of 12:45pm, there was no estimate for reopening the lanes. Southbound lanes were not impacted. Backups were miles long on northbound I-5 south of the incident extending to State Route 20 and on a bypass route via Old Highway 99 to the east.

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1pm Update: The left lane was reopened shortly after 1pm according to Trooper Glahn. The right lane was expected to remain closed until the remnants of the burned RV could be cleared.

3pm Update: WSDOT announced all lanes of northbound I-5 have been reopened. The 5-mile long backup will take some time to clear.

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