OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash.—The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning on Wednesday afternoon for the Twisp area and Carlton and Cougar Complex burn scars in South Central Okanogan.
Rain began falling Wednesday afternoon in Brewster. Homeowners told KREM 2 News that they have never see a more welcome sight as firefighters battle a massive wildfire nearby. However the rain could cause more issues for the area.
Troopers with the Washington State Patrol reported on Twitter that there was 1/2 inch hail and 50 mile-per-hour winds at the Twisp fire camp. Rain fell for about 15 minutes in the region on Wednesday and brought multiple lightning strikes. Crews are battling hazy conditions which make it difficult to tell if the lightning sparked more fires.
Crews now battling hazy/cloudy conditions. Making it very difficult to tell if today's lightning sparked more fires. pic.twitter.com/NWCGxXkPXe— Whitney Ward (@KREMWhitney) July 23, 2014
A severe thunderstorm warning for Okanogan Co. was capable of large hail, torrential downpours, mudslides, and flash flooding. It was cancelled by 2:10 p.m.
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Potential storms on Wednesday could either help or hinder fire crews. Cooler temperatures and rain would help firefighters, but could also bring lightning. Additionally, the combination of burned ground and heavy rainfall created flooding concerns.
As of Tuesday, firefighters had the Carlton Complex fire 16% contained. Flames have already destroyed about 100 homes in the area. It was originally estimated that the Carlton Complex fire burned 299,897 but a spokesperson for Washington State Patrol said it has burned down 237,000 acres according to more accurate mapping