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.
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