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More than 850 homes evacuated as huge fire engulfs forest near Leavenworth; U.S. 2 closed
LEAVENWORTH, Wash. -- The Chiwaukum Creek Fire about 10 miles north of Leavenworth forced the closure of U.S. 2 between Leavenworth and Coles Corner Wednesday afternoon -- and mandatory evacuation orders were issued for the Tumwater Campground and about 860 homes, authorities said. The plume of smoke rose more than 22,000 feet in the area and could be seen from Tacoma and Seattle.