An aging ponderosa pine was toppled by high winds in Leavenworth about 9am Wednesday. The crash of the 100 foot tree grazed a home in the 300 block of Cascade Street, causing minor damage. Damage was confined to a porch area of the home. The lone occupant of the home was not injured.
The tree was estimated at up to 300 years old and was recognized as the Leavenworth Heritage Tree, one of the oldest in Leavenworth. Assistant Chief Glenn Brautaset with Chelan County Fire District 3 said the ponderosa was not in good health “it was described as showing signs it was going to fail as it slowly started tipping and swaying in the wind and then came down” The crash could be heard several blocks away, neighbors said.
A downed tree was also reported onto Grant Road about 3pm Wednesday. There were no reports of any damage. Wind was the apparent cause of both tree falls.