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Leavenworth-area residents urged to be ready to flee wildfire

Leavenworth-area residents urged to be ready to flee wildfire
LEAVENWORTH, Wash. - Brisk winds are pushing a ridge-top wildfire toward a couple of homes about 5 miles northeast of the Bavarian-themed village of Leavenworth.

The cause of the Eagle Fire in the Eagle Creek drainage is under investigation. Fire spokesman Mick Mueller says the blaze could be a holdover from a lightning storm a week ago.

The fire was reported Monday afternoon on a ridge top in a roadless area without trails.

Mueller says residents of two homes have been told to be ready to leave if the fire grows. Another 60 homes are in the area.

"I'm waiting here," said Kevin Power, whose home is under level one evacuation. "I want to be able to see what's going on as the fire continues."

Ann Callahan is packing and preparing. Her home is only separated from the fire by Eagle Creek Road.

"We've kept our sprinklers on in case (flames) jump the road," she said.

Air support has been dropping water throughout the day as firefighters try to pull a line around the fire.

"The difficulty getting containment around it is very steep, extremely rocky there aren't really any roads except the Eagle Creek Road on the bottom," Mueller said.

No structures have been lost. About 120 firefighters are assigned to the fire, but Mueller says more are on order.
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