The Cold Creek Fire grew to 610 acres overnight Friday and firefighters established 12% containment as of Saturday morning.
U.S. Highway 12 will remain closed to through traffic this weekend due to the fire that started Monday night near White Pass. The cause is under investigation.
Gusty winds spread the fire overnight Friday and some welcome rain brought lightning, which forced firefighters and aircraft to temporarily take shelter. They returned to slow the fire's expansion to the west on the north side of the highway Saturday morning.
Boulders and burning debris are falling on the highway near White Pass, and the area around the fire is closed. Access for local and recreational traffic is allowed from the east and west sides of the highway, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.