Fire north of Shelton closes Highway 101

Highway 101 north of Shelton is open once again after firefighters extinguished a large brush fire, according to Central Mason Fire and EMS.

The department received reports of the fire, which started on the 1700 block of Shelton Springs Road, at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The fire started near a mobile home park and spread east across US 101 onto Port of Shelton property, said Central Mason Fire and EMS spokeswoman Norma King.

None of the homes were damaged, but a small outbuilding was destroyed, she said.

Central Mason Fire and EMS extinguished the fire with the help of neighboring fire departments, and the scene has been turned over the the Department of Natural Resources, she said.

“They’re just in clean-up mode now and making sure the fire doesn’t start again,” King said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag fire warning for much of Western Washington, including the Shelton area, Thursday morning because of a “critical combination of wind, low humidity and dry fuels.”