Hundreds of acres have burned and around 100 homes have been evacuated in front of a fast-moving fire burning in timber east of Leavenworth.

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Calmer weather Sunday has helped firefighters working a small but intense wildfire that is threatening dozens of homes near the scenic Central Washington town of Leavenworth.

Fire-information officer Alan Hoffmeister says that the fire, which initially was measured at nearly 400 acres, was downsized to about 330 acres. Dozens of homes remained threatened by the fire, which is burning in timber, he said.

Hoffmeister said about 100 homes remain under evacuation orders, but, so far, no structures have been lost.

The fire began Saturday afternoon near the town of Peshastin.

Hoffmeister says fire crews were aided Sunday by retardant planes and other aircraft dropping buckets of water on the flames. Authorities said Sunday night that the fire was about 35 percent contained. Hoffmeister said that estimate would likely change as more crews returned from the field to assist with mapping efforts.

The fire flared Saturday afternoon, prompting Chelan County Fire District 3 Chief Kelley O’Brien to ask for state help after strong and erratic winds fanned the Suncrest fire, which blew up from 75 to roughly more than 300 acres in a matter of hours.

Officials called for Level 3 mandatory evacuations of homes on the north side of North Road, from Fox Road to Anderson Canyon. The area around Chumstick Road is also threatened, according to posts on the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

The cause of the fire is not known.

Several wildland-fire strike teams, two helicopters and a heavy air tanker were sent to the scene, which is about a quarter-mile east of Leavenworth, according to the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

A statewide ban on campfires has been in effect since Aug. 17 on all DNR-protected lands.