State firefighting crews mobilized for fast-growing 4,400-acre wildfire in Chelan County

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A look at the beginning of the #Spartan Fire in Chelan County. (Photo via Chelan County Emergency Management)

WENATCHEE, Wash. — State firefighting mobilization was approved for a wildfire in Chelan County that quickly grew to nearly 4,400 acres Monday night, Washington Emergency Management said.

The Spartan Fire is located near Colockum Road southeast of Wenatchee.

Level 2 evacuation notices — meaning, people should be ready to leave if conditions get worse — were issued for 80 homes, the Washington Emergency Management tweeted.

At about 8:30 p.m. the Washington Department of Natural Resources estimated the Spartan Fire at about 500 acres. Shortly before 10 p.m., it was suddenly estimated at 4,397 acres.

Firefighters were also battling up to five fires covering a total of 300 acres in Douglas County, near Palisades. It’s been dubbed the Southerland Canyon Fire.

The cause of the fires were not immediately determined, although a surprising and an unexpected lightning storm moved through central Washington Monday.

A look at the #SoutherlandCanyon Fire in Douglas County. (Photo via a DNR helicopter pilot)