Lightning thought to be cause of Tuesday morning brush fire - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Lightning thought to be cause of Tuesday morning brush fire

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash.- According to Spokane Valley Fire crews, a small brush fire in the area of Upriver Drive and Fruit Hill Road was likely caused by all the lightning that the Spokane area had in the early morning hours of Tuesday. Fire crews say the brush fire was first called in around 1 a.m. and crews were on scene shortly after. The fire was small, but burning over about two acres.

Fire crews say they had the fire under control by around 2:30 Tuesday morning. They cleared the area before 4 a.m. So far that is the only reported brush fire in the Spokane area.

KHQ's newsroom was busy overnight, with people calling in to report lightning, thunder, and rain in their area. Today's forecast calls for isolated thunder showers, but it's going to be another hot day. If you have pictures of Monday night's lightning storm, CLICK HERE to upload those to khq.com

Spokane will rise to at least 90 degrees everyday through the weekend. To the south of Spokane, in the Lower Columbia Basin, the Lewis & Clark Valley, the Yakima and Kittitas Valleys: 100 degree temperatures will be sprouting up like weeds. Forecasters say you should expect the same thing for the Upper Columbia Basin, the Wenatchee area and the Okanogan Valley.

In extreme Eastern Washington and the Idaho Panhandle it was a rock-and-roll night with thunder and lightning, hail and gusty winds along with some, but not much, in the way of rain showers. According to forecasters, it's what is called a short-wave trough. The weather system is sliding down out of Canada and will take most of the day so there could be more thunder this afternoon in the same places.

Today is expected to be the hottest day over on the west side of Washington and Oregon with Portland perhaps getting up to a record 105 and Seattle right around 100 degrees.

Eastern Washington 7-day forecast according to the National Weather Service:

  • Today: Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 8am, then isolated showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly cloudy, with a high near 93. East wind between 4 and 7 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

    Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Northeast wind between 4 and 7 mph becoming calm.

    Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 89. East wind between 7 and 13 mph.

    Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 56. Northeast wind between 5 and 8 mph.

    Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 92. Northeast wind between 5 and 9 mph.

    Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 59.

    Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 92.

    Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.

    Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.

    Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.

    Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.

    Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 59.

    Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.
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