Local fire crews helping fight Eagle Fire near Leavenworth

Local fire crews helping fight Eagle Fire near Leavenworth

Local fire crews helping fight Eagle Fire near Leavenworth

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by KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on August 21, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 21 at 5:28 PM

LEAVENWORTH, Wash. -- The Spokane area has sent two strike teams to help fight the Eagle Fire near Leavenworth. Each strike team consists of five engines, one water tender, and a strike team leader. Ten engines, two tenders, and two leaders have gone in total from Stevens and Spokane Counties.

The Eagle Fire grew to 1,500 acres overnight five miles northeast of Leavenworth, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The fire is 0 percent contained.

Thirty homes are now under a Level 3 evacuation notice and an additional 35 structures are at a Level 2. Smoke from the fire is also affecting Cashmere and Wenatchee as it drifts east.

Over 300 personnel are assigned to the fire and DNR says more resources have been ordered.

Firefighters from a Pierce County task force are on their way to assist with the fire. The Snohomish County Strike Team will head east in the afternoon to help as well.

The King County Strike Team left to help with the fire on Tuesday night.

DNR has scheduled a public information meeting for 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Cascade High School in Leavenworth.

As of Tuesday evening, the wildfire was at 500 acres, with 21 homes are under evacuation Level 3.

The Eagle Fire was spotted Monday burning near the top of a ridge between Eagle Creek and Bjork Canyon in timber and grass, east of the Chumstick Highway.

No structures have been burned. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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