Two fires burn 30,000 acres near Grand Coulee Dam

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by KREM.com, KING5.com

KING5.com

Posted on September 10, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 10 at 8:20 AM

COULEE DAM, Wash. -- Authorities in Grant County have ordered about 60 homeowners to pack up and head out because of fires near the Grand Coulee Dam.

Multiple agencies are battling two wildfires there, the Barker Canyon Fire and the Leahy Junction Fire.

The Barker Canyon Fire is estimated to be around 18,500 acres. It is burning mostly sage and grass. 

The Leahy Junction Fire is burning near the City of Coulee Dam and has also scorched mostly sage and grass. It has burned about 12,000 acres. 

The Washington Department of Natural Resources said both fires were sparked by lightning Sunday evening.

Crews expected wind to pick up across the area Monday and said the fires will likely spread.
 
The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for central and Eastern Washington Monday. Warm and very dry conditions will precede a cold front that will bring strong winds throughout the day.

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