OKANOGAN COUNTY — Despite thunderstorms that brought lightning, rain and wind, crews were able to dig a fire line around the Rising Eagle Road fire by Sunday morning.
Officials said several homes had been destroyed but could not confirm an exact number.
The fire started Friday and is now being managed as part of the Carlton Complex fire.
During Saturday’s storm, crews said there were several lightning strikes in the area. Blown-over trees blocked roads inside the fire’s perimeter.
The thunderstorms did not bring much in terms of rain — an estimated .02 – .25 inches. There was a slight chance of thunderstorms in the forecast Sunday afternoon.
Firefighters say they are making good progress on securing fire lines throughout the Carlton Complex. The fire is now 253,377 acres and 82% contained.
On Sunday, crews planned to continue mopping up the Rising Eagle Road fire and northwest of the ski area on Highway 20.
Hot shot crews were sent to work on containing the fire on its northern and western sections near Pearrygin Lake.
Highway 20 is open to all traffic.
The Washington National Guard is on scene helping by staffing road closures across the area.