Newport Highway reopened after brush fire

Brush fire at Newport Highway and Pittsburg

Update 2:45 p.m. -- Washington State Patrol reports all lanes have reopened after a brush fire closed roads near Newport Highway and Pittsburg St earlier Tuesday. The cause of the brush fire remains under investigation as of Tuesday afternoon.

Previously -- A brush fire off Highway 2 near Pittsburg St is about two to three acres in size as of Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters on scene say there were three separate starts along the highway, but have not yet determined the cause. 

A construction company used a mobile water cannon to help firefighters douse the flames Tuesday. They happened to be in the area and had a truck they use to keep their construction sites clear of dust. 

Firefighters say roads in the area will be closed for the next few hours while they begin mop up operations on the fire and continue investigating the cause. Firefighters will be monitoring the fire throughout the day to put out any potential flare-ups that may happen.

(story: Matt Pusatory, KHQ Local News Web Producer; photo and videos:

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