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September 14, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Leavenworth fire throwing up lots of smoke

The Wenatchee World (MCT)

LEAVENWORTH — Fire crews and helicopters were trying to tame a human-caused wildfire burning in brush and timber near the mouth of Tumwater Canyon in Leavenworth Sunday morning.

No homes or businesses were threatened by the newly named Tumwater Fire, reported at 10:42 p.m. Saturday. About 10 to 15 acres had burned by 11 a.m. Sunday, burning up a steep and rocky southeastern slope and visible from the heart of Leavenworth’s downtown.

Two helicopters began dropping water in tandem about 9:30 a.m. Three 20-person ground crews are also working the fire, which apparently began near the base of the slope. Ground crews worked the blaze from a staging area behind the Heidleburger Drive-in at the west end of Leavenworth.

U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Robin DeMario said the fire was under investigation but appeared to be human-caused.

The fire caused significant smoke and ash fall in the Upper Valley. State Department of Ecology air monitors listed Leavenworth’s air as being unhealthful for sensitive groups by midmorning.

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