ARLINGTON — A brush fire torched a lot of grass and shrubs along I-5, causing a lot of smoke to billow along the busy freeway around noon Sunday.
The burned area was near the northbound lanes, north of the Stillaguamish River bridge. Only one northbound lane was open as firefighters doused and contained the flames, which the Washington State Department of Transportation said led to a 3-mile backup.
The Department of Transportation recommended avoiding the area until the fire trucks cleared. All northbound lanes were open by 2 p.m.