[8/4/16] Lighting Strike Fires Quickly Put Out- Flights & Fire Watch Planned

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Forest Service fire engines and crews responded to four small fires following yesterday’s storms.  The four lightning caused fires were all less than one-tenth of an acre and all but one is contained, controlled or out this afternoon.

The Elderberry Fire, incident number 364, is up Elderberry Canyon in the Libby Creek drainage.  Two smoke jumpers contained that fire last night.

Firefighters are still looking for the fire reported west of McClure Mountain Repeater last night.  Reports indicated that it was a single tree, with no fire on the ground.

West of Tonasket, crews responded to the North Burge Fire, incident 365 and the Warwick Ridge Fire, incident 366.  North Burge is controlled at this time and the Warwick Ridge Fire is out.

Tuesday’s storm brought substantial lightning and significant rainfall, so it may take a while for vegetation to dry out enough for smokes to be visible.  Weather is predicted to continue warming and drying through the weekend with another prediction for lightning and showers Sunday or Monday.

Reconnaissance flights over both the Tonasket and the Methow Valley Ranger Districts took place today and additional flights are planned over the next few days.  Bonaparte and Leecher Lookouts are staffed as well.

Fire response continues to be a coordinated effort between Local, State and Federal firefighting resources.

To report a fire, please call 911.