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Firefighters handle dozens of lightning fires

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NCW — Firefighters from East Wenatchee to Tonasket handled dozens of fires sparked by hundreds of lightning strikes across North Central Washington Thursday afternoon.

Aided by heavy rain and the quick response of local fire crews, many fires were contained this morning.

Okanogan County got the worst of it.

Dispatchers were flooded with calls — so many that some were redirected to Ferry County, which acts as an emergency backup, said Chief of Special Operations Mike Worden. Dispatchers usually handle…

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