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The Latest: Evacuations reduced in state tourism spot

LEAVENWORTH, Wash. – The Latest on a wildfire that started at an old log-storage site near Leavenworth, Washington (all times are local):

4:05 pm

Officials have made changes to wildfire evacuation orders in the area of Washington state hiking and skiing destination, reducing the number of people in houses and huts need to leave immediately.

Officials with the Chelan County Fire District 3, said Wednesday afternoon that only those who live in the Spromberg Canyon Road area remained under orders to evacuate.

People in Sunitsch Canyon to Eagle Creek Road had their orders reduced from ‘direct’ to ‘ready to leave.”

It was not immediately clear how many homes and cabins are now directly threatened by the fire, which started Tuesday afternoon just north of Leavenworth in an old mill.

Fire officials say that much of the fuel in the log piles was consumed by the fire Wednesday, but windy conditions remained a concern.

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9:52 pm

Officials say a wildfire has prompted evacuation orders for 168 homes and cabins in a popular Washington state hiking and skiing destination.

The fire was burning on about 40 acres (161,900 square feet) Wednesday morning.

It began about 3 km north 4.8 km) north of the tourist town of Leavenworth Tuesday in an old mill and spread on a wooden storage shed for cedar logs.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Melissa Gannie says that the fire is threatening houses, wood and electrical infrastructure, distance from the centre, modeled in Bavarian-style village.

Leavenworth is a gateway to the Wenatchee National Forest where many people have holiday homes.

The northwest Incident Management Team spokesman Brendan Cowan said Wednesday that there have been no reports of injuries.

The Red Cross opened a shelter in Leavenworth.

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