A thunderstorm brought heavy rain and frequent flashes of lightning to Spokane on Monday evening before giving way to a stunning orange late-evening sunset.
The storm hit the city from the southwest and lasted over an hour. Brief downpours accompanied gusting winds and temperatures in the high 60s. There had been light rains earlier in the day.
The storm was one of many that raked Eastern Washington and North Idaho on Monday. By nightfall, crews with Avista Utilities were working to restore power to more than 5,000 customers.
In Chelan and Douglas counties, lightning strikes resulted in several fires, including the Spartan fire which had burned 4,400 acres by 10 p.m. Monday, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. Several dozen homes were under evacuation orders.
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