Hundreds of lightning bolts hit dry Oregon, start new fires

Lightning bolts struck the parched forests of southern Oregon hundreds of times in 24 hours, igniting some 50 new wildfires even as the nation’s largest wildfire continued to burn less than 100 miles (161 kilometers) away, officials said on Monday.

Wildfires continue burning across Washington state

Cedar Creek fire remains at 13% containment while the Cub Creek 2 fire is now 18% contained. Chuweah Creek fire is now at 85% containment. The largest fire in Washington, the Lick Creek fire, is now 90% contained.

Winds and 'fire clouds' feed California's largest blaze

Gusts also hindered containment efforts and the problem could get worse with the predicted arrival of pyrocumulus clouds — literally meaning “fire clouds ” — which can bring lightning and the risk of new ignitions.

Wildfire tracking in Washington

Crews continue to fight several major fires up and down the West Coast. Washington firefighters are struggling to contain fires in Wenatchee and Okanogan County and a couple of new fires in the Spokane area.