Chikamin Fire burning in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest caused by lightning

Chikamin Fire burning in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest caused by lightning
Chikamin Fire on July 31 (U.S. Forest Service)

The Chikamin Fire burning in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest was reportedly caused by lightning.

Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service said lightning storms passed through the area of Cle Elem and Wenatchee River Ranger Districts, resulting in the fire that has burned 129 acres in the Chikamin Ridge area, located 22 miles north of Leavenworth.

The fire is burning in heavy timber and in steep, inaccessible terrain, officials said.

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Approximately 102 firefighting crew members were assigned to the fire and will be using natural features, existing roads and trails and the footprints of past fire areas to construct a fire line to keep the fire from spreading, officials said.

Currently, there are four fires, which were caused by lightning, burning in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.