New lightning-sparked wildfires in North Central Washington

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WENATCHEE, WA.- We are waking up this morning to a change in the weather. A cold front is passing over North Central Washington this morning packing gusty winds and thunderstorms lightning resulting in at least two new fire starts.

The storm is tracking in a Northeasterly direction with lightning strikes in the Lake Chelan area and in Douglas County near Orondo.

RiverCom Emergency Dispatch reports Crews from multiple agencies were toned out to lightning sparked fires on the Little Chelan Butte Ranch Road and in the Union Valley area near Idle Spurs Lane. Crews jumped on them immediately and, at last report, had put out the fire in the Union Valley area, Also, another fire start was reported in the Orondo area area Near Mile Post 231 on US Hwy 97 in Douglas County. A lightning strike set a tree on fire but firefighters were on the scene.

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Steve Hair
Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.