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Fire fighters keep busy during weekend storms

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Fire fighters keep busy during weekend storms

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August 12, 2013

(Wenatchee, WA) Local, state and federal firefighters were successfully containing most Central Washington fires to less than an acre on Saturday afternoon, while lightning continued to ignite more blazes.

The largest fire detected on Saturday in Central Washington was the Mile Marker 10 Fire, burning just north of the 80,184-acre Colockum Tarps Fire. Fire managers now estimate the Mile Marker 10 Fire to be about 5,000 acres.

A Type-II incident management team has been ordered to manage suppression efforts on both the Colockum Tarps Fire and the new blaze, called the Mile Marker 10 Fire. Fire managers reported the Colockum Tarps Fire was 95 percent contained Saturday morning. Firefighters were mopping-up the fire inside containment lines and confident full containment would be soon achieved.

More than 18,000 lightning strikes were detected during the past 24 hours throughout Washington Friday night and on Saturday. Since 6 p.m. on Friday, more than 60 fires had been reported to the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center (CWICC) in East Wenatchee and more were expected following additional lightning.

Firefighters were able to keep the new fires to less than an acre, with the exception of the Mesa Fire. This fire was estimated to be 30-35 acres and burning about a mile north of Entiat on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest’s Entiat Ranger District. A fire engine and six firefighters assigned to a hand crew were able to contain the fire on Saturday.

More lightning was detected Saturday afternoon, mostly in the area of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area.

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