STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. -- A brush fire burning near where Spokane and Stevens County met closed State Route 291. Authorities stated the roadway was back open just before 7:30 Wednesday evening.
Washington State Patrol troopers closed the roadway Tuesday around 3:40 p.m.
Both lanes of State Route 291 are closed near Big Sandy. The closure starts just south of the county line. They advised people heading to Suncrest look for an alternate route.
"It's a big inconvenience for gas because it gets so expensive," said Deniece Rancourt. "So this is kind of crazy.
Rancourt said she was not aware of the fire when she tried to come back home to Nine Mile and found SR 291 blocked.
"I had to call my aunt and try to figure out how to find another way out and that was, like, totally 15 miles out of the way."
The detour coming from Spokane takes drivers up Highway 395 near Deer Park, west on Stayley Road for six miles, and another six miles south on Swenson Road. KREM 2 News discovered that it took at least an extra half-hour today travel.
Officials said crews have put out the fire and mop up work has begun. They added that firefighters are still at work on the roadway to clear debris that could continue to fall.