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Forest fire near Leavenworth, Washington threatens 1,200 homes – emergency declared

A state of emergency has been declared following forest fire near Leavenworth, Washington which has threatened 1,200 homes, USA Today reported quoting emergency management spokeswoman.

The Chiwaukum Creek Fire about 10 miles north of Leavenworth has raced across more than 1,200 acres by Wednesday evening.

A state of emergency has been declared in 20 Eastern Washington counties. The emergency proclamation of emergency covers Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman and Yakima counties.

The National Weather Service has posted red flag warnings and fire weather watches for much of Eastern Washington from Wednesday afternoon through Friday.

The Red Cross has set up a forest fire emergency shelter in Leavenworth at the First Baptist Church, 429 Evans St.

Original post: Natural Disasters List July 17, 2014

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