Wildfire prompts evacuations, road closure in Washington state

July 17, 2014

Residents in Washington state were asked to leave their homes this week as a wildfire threatened structures and forced officials to close part of a highway.

A 35-mile stretch of U.S. Route 2 was shut down Wednesday, the Seattle Times reported, and smoke from the blaze could be seen from downtown Seattle.

A fire spokesman told the Associated Press that residents in more than 800 homes were told to evacuate. The AP reported that the fire was burning about 10 miles outside of Leavenworth, Wash., about 135 miles from Seattle.

Late Tuesday night, Lt. Gov. Brad Owen (D) declared a state of emergency in 20 eastern Washington counties.

You’ll find more photos of the fire, which you can track on Facebook or Twitter, below:


Fire crews responded to a brush fire just east of Prosser, Wash., on Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Tri-City Herald, Matt Gade)

A firefighter performed a burn out, using a dip torch to burn out the fuel of the fire before the fire could reach the disk line and potentially jump it and continue to spread. (AP Photo/The Tri-City Herald, Matt Gade)

A large cloud rises over wildfires in Eastern Washington as seen from University District at sunset on Wednesday. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead)

Sarah Larimer is a general assignment reporter for the Washington Post.
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