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August 12, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Monday’s lightning starts 17 fires; all but 2 are contained

Thunderstorms rolled across the state on Monday night. Orhun Uygur shot this photo from Alki.

Thunderstorms rolled across the state on Monday night. Orhun Uygur shot this photo from Alki.

Monday night’s lightning storms led to 17 fires in Washington, according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.

Information Officer Jean Nelson-Dean said the fires burned about 1,370 acres.

As of Tuesday morning 15 fires were contained, Nelson-Dean said.

Fire fighters are still trying to contain two of the new fires.

The Haven Lake fire northwest of Olympia has burned about 285 acres and is 0 percent contained. Fire officials say it is burning on forested lands and is not threatening any structures.

The Tenino Complex southwest of Olympia involves three fires that have burned about 30 acres with 0 percent containment.

Fire fighters are starting to get a handle on other wildfires burning across the state, although some are still growing.

Several lightning caused fires in central Washington continue to be active, including the Devil’s Elbow Complex, which had grown to nearly 32 square miles in north-central Washington by Tuesday morning.

The Devil’s Elbow Complex Northeast of Nespelem started on Aug. 3. Fire officials say the complex is 7 percent contained.

The Snag Canyon fire burning 10 miles north of Ellensburg in central Washington also is growing. It was last measured at more than 16 square miles and is 30 percent contained.

For more information about wildfires, go to Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.

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