Eagle Fire grows to 250 acres

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eaglefireLEAVENWORTH, Wash. — A wildfire burning five miles northeast of Leavenworth in the Eagle creek Drainage area of the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forrest grew to 250 acres Monday night.

The fire was detected Monday afternoon near the top of a ridge between Eagle Creek and Bjork Canyon in timber and grass. Overnight, the fire moved in a north- north easterly direction and also backed downhill toward a few structures, the U.S. Fire Service said.

Smoke from the fire drifted east overnight, settling in low areas.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office has ordered a Level I evacuation notice for residents along Eagle Creek Road from milepost two east to where the pavement ends. A Level I evacuation means residents should prepare for an evacuation and stay alert for further information.  There are two structures under a Level 2 evacuation notification which means they should be prepared to leave at a moments notice. Fire managers advised nearby residents to close doors and windows to keep it from entering structures.

Over 120 firefighting personnel and resources including two air tankers, two helicopters, multiple fire engines, a bulldozer and two 20-person crews are fighting the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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