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Sept. 4, 2013 - News of Record - Forest Service

Sept. 4, 2013

Lost Fire burns near Tonasket

TONASKET — Firefighters responded to a fire southeast of Lyman Lake on Friday evening.

The Lost Fire was less than an acre, burning in grass and timber about 30 miles southeast of Tonasket.

It was caused by Thursday’s lightning storm and found during a reconnaissance flight Friday afternoon. Crews were mopping up the small blaze over the weekend.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, it is common for lightning caused fires to take several days to show up following a storm.

State Department of Natural Resources and Forest Service firefighters continue to work together to respond to fires as they are reported. More reconnaissance flights were scheduled for the weekend.

Thursday’s storm was primarily concentrated in Omak, where the National Weather Service reported 15 lightning strikes with a one-hour stretch in the afternoon, accompanied by winds of 52-62 mph. Okanogan County had 35-40 lightning strikes in that time.


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