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Lightning Starts 7 Fires on Rainier

August 20 2004 at 12:15 PM
roger  (Login dipper)

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Officials in Mount Rainier National Park say four lightning-caused fires are burning on the east side of the park.
A lightning storm that moved over the area on Monday ignited seven small fires. Rain extinguished three of them.
The remaining four fires, all small, are burning between 5,000 and 5,700 feet of elevation. Collectively, they are called the Earthquake fires.

They are burning in subalpine vegetation of spruce, fir and huckleberry.
All park facilities remain open, but visitors can expect to see smoke and firefighting activity.

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