Winds fan Washington wildfire, threaten homes

Brush Fire
Brush Fire (AP Photo/The Tri-City Herald, Matt Gade)

SPOKANE, Washington (AP) – Driven by scorching hot temperatures and strong winds, a new central Washington wildfire is threatening hundreds of homes and sending up a towering column of smoke.

The Chiwaukum Creek fire about 10 miles north of Leavenworth had raced across more than 1,200 acres by Wednesday evening and prompted the closure of a 15-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 2.

A Chelan County emergency management spokeswoman says as many as 400 people have been told to leave their homes or cabins and another 800 homes are threatened.

A state of emergency has been declared in 20 eastern Washington counties because of multiple wildfires and temperatures in triple digits. The declaration allows state officials to call up the Washington National Guard. It also directs state agencies to help local governments respond to wildfires. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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