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Auvil Canyon Fire now estimated at 1,000 acres

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Update, 7 a.m., Friday:  Lightning sparked a fire near Daroga State Park on Thursday evening.

The Auvil Canyon Fire quickly spread through grasses and scattered timber and was estimated at about 1,000 acres Friday morning, said Jim Duck of the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center. Some evacuation advisories were issued Thursday night.

Additional state Department of Natural Resources were on their way to help with the firefighting effort Friday morning.

A second fire  reported just north of Emerson Acres near Chelan was two to three acres this morning and mostly contained, Duck said.

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UPDATE, 10:20 p.m.: Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal reports that at 5 p.m., lightening strikes started a fire near the Desert Canyon Resort north of Orondo.  Sheriff’s Deputies did Level 2 evacuation notices in the area.  There is no known damage or injury.  Fire fighters are still on scene.  The fire has consumed over 200 acres.

NCW — Firefighters responded to two fires reported after a thunderstorm passed through the Entiat area this afternoon.

A fire about one mile east of Daroga State Park reported just before 5 p.m. was estimated at about 10 acres, said Megan Teaford, logistics coordinator at Central Washington Interagency Communications Center. She said the fire was not apparently threatening any homes.

A second fire reported at about 5 p.m. was in the Patato Creek area of the Entiat Ranger District, and firefighters reported it at as a single snag burning.

A flood watch is still in effect and continues into Friday for much of Chelan and Okanogan counties as the slow-moving storm system moves over areas recently burned by wildfires. The National Weather Service says heavy rain is possible, causing the potential for mud slides, debris flows or dangerous flash flooding.

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