TWISP — Firefighters made good progress on the Sun Mountain Fire southwest of Twisp over the weekend.
Crews reinforced containment lines along the south, while helicopters dropped water along the edges of the fire that are inaccessible to firefighters, said fire spokeswoman Shannon O’Brien.
She said officials have no estimate of containment for the lightning-caused fire burning in the War Creek drainage of the Lake Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness. An area closure is still in place to protect the public.
The fire is far from Sun Mountain Lodge, a popular destination resort near Winthrop.
Fire officials are preparing for possible thunderstorms forecast throughout North Central Washington on Tuesday night and Wednesday. The National Weather Service reports that the storms will contain very little rainfall, and gusty winds that will increase the possibility of new wildfires.