Washington’s Eagle Fire

August 22, 2013 by  

Washington’s Eagle Fire, A fire that’s burned more than 1,500 acres near Leavenworth, Chelan County, is just one of several wildfires burning in Washington state at a time when firefighting resources are down and temperatures are up.

The Eagle fire has prompted the mandatory evacuation of at least 30 homes as the blaze continues to grow five miles northeast of Leavenworth in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

Half the residents under the evacuation order have left the Eagle Creek Road neighborhood, while the others there were holding their ground, said fire incident information officer Robin DeMario on Wednesday.

The fire was zero percent contained as of Wednesday night, and more than 300 firefighters are battling the blaze, DeMario said. An additional 35 homes are threatened by the fire, and residents have been told to prepare to evacuate.

As the fire spreads, smoke is drifting toward nearby Wenatchee and Cashmere.

King County firefighters have been dispatched to Leavenworth to help fill firefighting needs there.

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