COULEEDAM, 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 agenciesare 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 alsoscorched 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.