Lightning strikes overnight Saturday in Oregon and Washington have contributed to fires in several counties in both states.
The Interagency Fire Center said that Oregon had 41 dry lightning strikes and Washington had 3,359 strikes overnight Saturday into Sunday morning.
Cascade Creek Fire: A fire in the Gifford Pinchot Forest about four miles west of Mt. Adams is beyond what crews on site could handle, authorities told KGW. So far more than 500 acres were burning.
Your Pics: Cascade Creek Fire burns near Mt. Adams
Pole Creek Fire: A fire about nine miles southwest of Sisters, Ore. is in timber and spread to more than 4,300 acres. Authorities are still investigating and did not confirm the cause of the fire.
Evacuation of the Pole Creek trailhead was underway by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Department and other crews. Resources were ordered to the area including a heavy airtanker and three helicopters.
Kristen Bowles at the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center in Prineville says notices have been distributed to homes in the area warning residents to be ready to leave. Search teams located and helped evacuate dozens of hikers and campers. Forest Service roads 16 and 15 are closed, and the state Department of Transportation closed Highway 242 is closed.
Your Pics: Pole Creek fire near Sisters, Oregon
A fire by the Grand Coulee Dam has spread to about 1,500 acres authorities said.
Crews responded to several other areas in Washington and smoke jumpers were called to manage fires before winds pick up and spread the flames.
Emergency officials said there are more than 80 fires started since Saturday night and they expected that number to grow as wind picks up.
Photographer Michael Bendtsen was at the Chelan County Fair Saturday night and took some photos of the lightning strikes and a fire that was started up in Williams Canyon out of Dryden.
The lightning continued into the night and you could see it up in the Blewett Pass to CleElum areas, as well as Leavenworth towards Lake Wenatchee, he said.
Kittitas County officials say ground and aviation resources will work together to locate and determine the size and risk of the fires.