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Lightning Sparks New Wildfire Near Colockum Tarps

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - Firefighters were in the final phases of mopping up the 125-square-mile Colockum Tarps Fire when lightning sparked another wildfire nearby.

Fire officials say the fire just west of the Columbia River had grown to about two square miles by Saturday morning.

Some firefighters have been moved to the new fire and officials at the Central Washington Interagency Coordination Center say they are watching the weather for the possibility of more lightning-caused fires over the weekend.

The Colockum Tarps Fire is nearly contained and firefighters are mopping up the two-week-old fire. Fire officials say there are still patches burning and smoke rising from the interior of the fire may continue to be visible through August.

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