National Weather Service warns of wildfire danger in central, Eastern Washington


SPOKANE. (AP) — The National Weather Service is warning of wildfires in Central and Eastern Washington that could be sparked by dry lightning from fast-moving thunderstorms this evening to Wednesday morning.

Winds with thunderstorms could fan flames through dry grass and brush.

Temperatures are expected to be above normal through the weekend across the state. Highs Saturday could climb near 100 in places in Eastern Washington. Western Washington highs are forecast in the 80s.

A spokesman for the Okanogan Public Utility District said today power has been restored in Winthrop and Twisp, but was still out for 200 customers in Malott. The north central Washington towns lost power Monday when a wildfire brought down a transmission line. The firet burned several utility poles and two outbuildings. About 150 firefighters worked to contain it.

Okanogan Sheriff Frank Rogers said the fire may have been started by a mower. At least two homes were evacuated until the fire passed, and about 50 residents were warned to prepare to evacuate.


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