Forestry officials and land managers around the Northwest are looking for signs of fires set by hundreds of lightning strikes overnight as dramatic thunderstorms roared through the region.
Five new fires, presumably set by lightning, were reported in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, said spokesman Roland Giller. He said firefighters have been dispatched to three of the fires, and reconnaissance flights are planned for today to check out the others.
Brent Stanger at the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center in Wenatchee said officials will be keeping a close eye on the area. He said that the chance of the fires spreading, or new ones touching off, increases as the weather warms up and the storm’s rain dries up.
Stanger said both the Okanogan fires and the Chelan fire are in sparsely populated areas and no homes are believed to be in danger.
The storms set about 10 fires in the northeast corner of the state, according to The Associated Press.