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DNR firefighters gain control of 13 fires that started Monday

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OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources responded to fires brought on by lighting and hot, dry weather conditions on July 8 and 9. Of the 13 fires that started Monday, all have been contained due to the work of firefighters across central Washington.

There were 6,208 lightning strikes in a 24-hour period on July 9. Small, smoldering fires may still result from lightning strikes. Dry conditions and increased winds can fan the flames, creating delayed but very real fire danger. DNR crews, working with other agencies, are ready to respond to new fires as they are discovered over the next couple of days.

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