Besides smoke damage and spot fires flaring up in beauty bark, Mike Martin’s home was spared in the Sumner Grade Fire.
“It came right down here, as close as it gets, and the wind was blowing right on top of us driving it right at us,” Martin said.
A house around the corner burned when the fire jumped State Route 410.
“It looks like a Pink Floyd album cover. Over there, there’s nothing left,” he said.
On Monday, firefighters said they reached 85% containment.
They’re now focusing on removing trees that might look fine on the outside but are still burning on the inside.
“We want to make sure they’re removed, so we don’t have any additional debris coming down on the roadway,” said Cara Mitchell of the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Work crews have fixed the guardrails, and WSDOT plans to reopen Highway 410 on Tuesday.
It is closed for about two miles between Bonney Lake and Sumner.
State officials are also watching a hillside beneath the highway where all the vegetation burned.
With the rainy season approaching, people who live beneath it are worried about a flood.
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