Firefighting train deployed after wildfire shuts down BNSF main line

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LEAVENWORTH, Wash. — An early season wildfire in Washington has shut down BNSF Railway’s Scenic Subdivision between Leavenworth and Winton.

The 40-acre wildfire in Spromberg Canyon, just north of Leavenworth, was first reported on Tuesday afternoon and has since forced the evacuation of dozens of nearby homes. Because the fire is directly next to the BNSF’s main line, the railroad deployed its firefighting train to help with suppression efforts. Railroad officials say it is unclear how long the railroad would be shut down because of the fire. The Seattle-section of Amtrak’s Empire Builder was also delayed late Tuesday because of the blaze.

Local fire officials say the blaze was initially reported at 5 acres but strong, dry winds helped the fire grow to 40 acres in about an hour. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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