Following a severe lightning storm that covered much of eastern Washington on Saturday September 9th, a series of fires were discovered. Local resources from the United States Forest Service (USFS), Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Wenatchee Fire Districts 1 and 7, and Chelan County Sharif’s office began the suppression efforts. These organizations and the firefighters that responded were instrumental in minimizing losses and keeping folks safe. Yesterday a Type 1 National Incident Management Team headed by Incident Commander Jeff Pendleton was given management authority for all of the fires within the Wenatchee Complex. The Incident Management Team immediately began the process of assessing the situation and mobilizing additional resources to aid in the suppression efforts. Firefighters are being assigned to fires with the greatest risk to human life, property, and natural resources. In these efforts, public and firefighter safety is of the highest priority….