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Small fires spark in Tonasket

— Recent lighting storms are to blame for several small fires in the area.

“Yesterday, firefighters from Tonasket Ranger District responded to small fires that resulted from Monday night’s lightning storm,” Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forrest spokeswoman Shannon O’Brien said.

A small fire near Bannon Mountin was burning in a fuels treatment area, but with recent thinning, crews were able to contain the blaze at just over two acres.

“Crews and engines also joined Washington Department of Natural Resources firefighters in locating and fighting other small fires along the eastern portion of Okanogan County around Wauconda and Fir Mountain,” she said.

“Lightning holdover fires are common and firefighters are continuing to receive smoke reports,” she said. “So far today, they have responded to a fire on the backside of Bannon Mountain and are looking for a reported smoke in the Coco Mountain area,” said O’Brien.

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