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Leavenworth Wildfire: Evacuation Notices For 21 Homes

LEAVENWORTH, Wash. (AP) - A ridge-top wildfire burning about five miles northeast of the Bavarian-themed village of Leavenworth, Wash., has doubled in size and residents of nearly two dozen homes have been urged to evacuate.

The Eagle Fire has now burned 500 acres, or three-quarters of a square mile. The strongest possible evacuation notices were issued Tuesday afternoon for 21 homes along a road that runs below the burning ridge.

Residents of another 45 homes have been urged to be ready to leave at a moment's notice.

The Wenatchee World reports that Tuesday's firefighting focused on helicopters that dropped giant buckets of water.

The chief deputy state fire marshal has called for 10 additional wildland strike teams.

The fire was first detected Monday. The cause is under investigation.

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