A red flag warning for high fire danger is in effect until 11pm Monday for North Central Washington. Robin DeMario with the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest says new fire starts have the potential to spread quickly with gusty winds today and Monday. She estimates the lightning storm has caused more than 60 fires. She says more sleeper fires may pop up in coming days. While most are small, spot fires, they have the potential to grow because of the tinder dry conditions, low humidity, dry lightning and brisk breezes. The weather forecast calls for winds gusting to 40 miles per hour in parts of Central Washington over the next couple of days.
The highest priority fire Sunday morning is the Canyons Fire, which is staffed by Chelan County Fire District one and U.S. Forest Service crews. DeMario says other fires in our area include a smaller fire in the Twin Peaks area located near Number One Canyon, the 60 acres Williams Fire, located in the boundaries of the old Fischer Fire area north of Dryden. A two acre fire is located nearby in Judge Canyon and a newly reported fire is in the Devils Gulch area and recreationists are being asked to avoid that area.