Fire near Leavenworth 10 percent contained

Fire near Leavenworth 10 percent contained

Fire near Leavenworth 10 percent contained

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 12:22 PM

LEAVENWORTH, Wash. -- A wildfire burning near Leavenworth is about 10 percent contained, but firefighters are keeping a wary eye on temperatures expected to climb into the 90s.

The Eagle fire covers 1,189 acres and is located about 5 miles northwest of the Bavarian-themed village of Leavenworth.

Fire spokeswoman Robin DeMario said Thursday that about 30 homes remain under mandatory evacuation notices.

A total of 596 firefighters are assigned to the fire, as well as five helicopters and three dozers. In total, 11 strike teams with five or six engines and tenders each have been mobilized.

Previously, the fire had been reported as 1,500 acres, but an infrared flight on Wednesday allowed the Department of Natural Resources to calculate the wildfire's exact size.

DeMario says the fire has not burned any homes.

Fire crews used helicopters to drop water on the fire on Wednesday and made progress in containing the blaze.

DeMario says the hot and dry conditions forecast for Thursday could produce an increase in fire activity.

About 120 people attended a public information meeting Wednesday.

The American Red Cross has opened an evacuation center at the middle school at 10195 Titus Road in Leavenworth.

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