September 9, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Lightning storm starts more than 65 wildfires in Washington
A lightning storm stretching from Klickitat to Okanogan counties started more than 65 wildfires Saturday night through this morning, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
The Wenatchee River Ranger District reports 12 fires, most in the lower Wenatchee Valley, but extending to Lake Wenatchee.
The priority is the Canyons Fire, the Forest Service said this morning. That fire is reported at 10-plus acres in the Number One Canyon area and can be seen from the Wenatchee metropolitan area. Air and ground crews are working that fire. A smaller fire is in the Twin Peaks area near Number One Canyon.
The biggest fire, according to the Forest Service, is the 60-acre Williams Fire, burning within the boundaries of the old Fischer Fire area north of Dryden. That fire that is near containment.
Officials are asking visitors to avoid the Devils Gulch area, where a new fire is also reported.
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