Leavenworth firefighters beat back blaze in Blackbird Island undergrowth

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Chelan County Fire District 3 and U.S. Forest Service firefighters respond to a brushfire Wednesday on Blackbird Island in Leavenworth.

LEAVENWORTH — Leavenworth firefighters and a U.S. Forest Service crew kept a brushfire to a minimum in a popular city park Wednesday.

The fire broke out about 3:09 p.m. on Blackbird Island, part of Leavenworth’s Waterfront Park complex. It started alongside one of the island’s hiking trails, and quickly spread through the underbrush.

Chelan County Fire District 3 crews had to pump water from the Wenatchee River, while Forest Service Crew 74 based in Leavenworth sent 20 members to dig a fireline. Assistant Chief Glen Brautaset says the fire was contained to about 2,400 square feet.

The incident is believed to be human-caused, possibly from a dropped cigarette.