Wildfire forces evacuations at Washington state tourism spot

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

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

It started about 3 miles north (4.8 km) from the tourist town of Leavenworth Tuesday in an old mill and spread on a wooden shed for huge 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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