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Okanogan County crews fighting lightning-sparked fire

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Okanogan County EM says a 75 acre fire was started by lightning. Okanogan County EM says a 75 acre fire was started by lightning.
OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. -

Okanogan County Emergency Management reports there is a brush fire sparked by lightning burning on the Colville Reservation near Timm Ranch and Thunder Basin.

Emergency Management says the fire is burning in rugged land with no structures in the area. Mt. Tolman Fire Center and Okanogan County Fire District 8 are on the scene of the fire Wednesday afternoon.

KHQ spoke with Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers who said the fire has not gotten out of hand as of Wednesday afternoon, but they are ready to jump into action if necessary.

As of Wednesday evening, Okanogan Emergency Management reports the fire is about 500 acres and 50 percent contained. Dozers, ground crews and DNR helicopters and being used to bring the fire under control.

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