WENATCHEE — Overnight lightning strikes sparked dozens of new fires in Washington state.
Jim Duck, a coordinator with the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center, told The Wenatchee World that his agency received more than 60 wildfire reports through Saturday night as a series of thunderstorms hit the region.
Helicopters were dumping water Sunday morning on one small brush fire burning on a ridge in Wenatchee’s west hills.
By 9 p.m. Saturday, an evacuation notice was issued for residents of Williams Canyon, near Dryden, as a lighting-sparked blaze reached 60 acres.
Firefighters are continuing to fight the state’s largest blaze, the 1,614-acre White Salmon fire, which is 50 percent contained. Increased winds are expected and could pose a challenge through Monday.