Troopers: Multiple fires along I-5 near Marysville intentionally set, suspects sought

MARYSVILLE, Wash. -- At least eight fires broke out along Interstate 5 near Marysville Tuesday afternoon, causing long delays.

Interstate 5 southbound near Marysville was closed at 1:27 p.m. while crews fought the fires. A lane of traffic was quickly reopened, but backups persisted in all the areas.

Troopers said there were at least eight fires, all of which had been extinguished by 3 p.m.

Patrol troopers believe the fires were intentionally set.

Troopers were looking for two white men in their 50s driving a Hyundai Sonata. County deputies last saw the suspects at Milepost 218. Unconfirmed reports have the men shooting bottle rockets or possibly a flare out of the car.

Troopers were able to recover one of the flares, and believe they have the fingerprint of one of the suspects.

Anyone who has more information on the suspects is encouraged to call 911.

Troopers said that at one point, an 18-wheeler apparently caught fire while filling up at a gas station. The flames burned the cab and the front part of the trailer  before it was put out.