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US 2 reopens; Whidbey Island floatplane recovery; SR 520 will close over weekend; Seattle Children's ER overcrowded; UW hurricane technology

Bolt Creek Fire: US 2 reopens in Skykomish, evacuation levels downgraded

A four-mile stretch of US 2 that closed earlier this week due to the Bolt Creek Fire reopened Thursday evening, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. 

Three miles of the road near Skykomish were shut down on Monday and then an additional mile was shut down on Tuesday morning due to crews removing trees that posed a danger to public safety along the highway. 

The Bolt Creek Fire has been burning since Sept. 10 and has grown to an estimated 12,070 acres and is 13% contained, according to InciWeb. The cause of the fire is currently unknown. 

All evacuations in place due to the fire have been downgraded to Level 1, which means get ready, according to the Bolt Creek Incident Command Team. Read more

Bodies of floatplane passengers, 80% of wreckage recovered off Whidbey Island

Some victims who were killed in a deadly floatplane crash in early September were recovered from the water off Whidbey Island Thursday, according to Island County Emergency Management.

Ten people were killed when the floatplane took a nosedive into the water in Mutiny Bay on Sept. 4. The flight was a regularly scheduled commuter flight out of Friday Harbor that was supposed to land at the Renton Municipal Airport.

Island County Emergency Management would not say exactly how many of the other passengers were recovered on Thursday. The victims are in the care of the Island County Coroner's Office to be identified. Read more

SR 520, southbound I-5 closures in the Seattle area this weekend

State Route 520 will close over Lake Washington this weekend, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Both directions of SR 520 will close between I-5 in Seattle and 92nd Avenue in Clyde Hill starting at 11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, until 5 a.m., on Monday, Oct. 3.

Interstate 90 will remain open across Lake Washington during the weekend closure.

Those seeking to get on the West Seattle Bridge from I-5 south will detour via Michigan Street and onto northbound I-5 and use the northbound off-ramp.

The SR 520 Trail will also remain open during the weekend closure. Read more

Seattle Children's ER faces 'unprecedented demand'

Seattle Children's emergency room (ER) is facing long wait times and an unprecedented volume of patients coming through its doors.

Dr. Tony Woodward is the Medical Director for Emergency Medicine at Seattle Children's hospital. He said it's not just COVID that children are coming in for. 

Woodward said that over the course of the pandemic, kids have not been exposed to common viruses.

"We've converted a storage room into patient care space, we have a tent, we see patients in a tent," Woodward said. "It's dissatisfying for everyone; for the staff, for the physicians, for the families to be seen in these ancillary spaces but that's the only way we can do it because we don't have enough physical beds." Read more

Mariners tickets for first 3 rounds of playoffs expected to sell out Friday morning

Few tickets remain for upcoming Seattle Mariners home games and playoff tickets are expected to sell out quickly when they open to the public on Friday.

The high demand comes as the Mariners aim to clinch a playoff spot, which could happen as early as Friday night. 

Less than 2,000 tickets are available for Friday night's matchup between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics at T-Mobile Park as the team celebrates its fans. 

Tickets for the 2022 Postseason will be available Friday at 10 a.m. Tickets for all potential AL Wild Card, ALDS and ALCS home games will be available at mariners.com/postseason. Read more

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