OKANOGAN COUNTY — Thunderstorms blowing across Okanogan County on Saturday afternoon ignited at least two small lightning-sparked fires, both brought under control by evening.
In the Methow Valley, fire crews from the Forest Service and DNR had a 0.1-acre fire in the McFarland Creek area under control by mid-afternoon and another small fire on McClure Mountain south of Twisp under control by evening, said Forest Service spokeswoman Shannon O’Brien.
Firefighters also responded Saturday to reports of smoke seen from the Aeneas Lookout northeast of Tonasket, but that turned out to be a permitted slash pile burn. Crews also searched for smoke reported in the Palmer Lake area west of Oroville, but darkness forced them to discontinue their search until Sunday morning.
“Firefighters will be continuing with patrols and anticipaate that more smoke reports are likely over the next few days,” said O’Brien.