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Lightning fires erupt in Wenatchee Valley

PUBLIC LANDS -- Last night's wave of thunder storms in Eastern Washington has sparked numerous fires in the dry canyons and forests near Leavenworth, Chelan and Wenatchee.   Here's the just-posted Forest Service report for details on locations, with the grim warning that high winds are predicted to fan the flames.

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A large lightning storm extending from Klickitat County clear to Okanogan County lighted over 65 wildfires Saturday evening thru Sunday morning.

The Wenatchee River Ranger District has 12 reported fires with the majority concentrated in the lower Wenatchee Valley, but extending to Lake Wenatchee. The priority fire is the Canyons Fire that is staffed by Chelan County Fire District #1 and the U.S. Forest Service. The fire is reported at 10+ acres in the Number One Canyon area and is highly visible from the Wenatchee metropolitan area. Air and ground resources are working the fire. Another smaller fire is located in the Twin Peaks area located near Number One Canyon.
The largest fire reported is the 60 acre Williams Fire, located within the boundaries of the old Fischer Fire area north of Dryden. Chelan County Fire District #2 is the lead agency for this fire that is near containment. A smaller fire (2 acres) is located nearby in Judge Canyon.
A newly reported fire is in the Devils Gulch area and recreationists are being asked to avoid this area.
Multiple agencies are responding and working together including the U.S. Forest Service, Chelan County Fire Districts #1,3,4,6 & 9, and DNR. Today’s weather forecast calls for Red Flag Warnings for high wind, dry lightning, and low relative humidity.
For information on the Wenatchee River Ranger District fires, call 509.548.2558

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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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