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Multiple lightning strikes hit north Peninsula, small wildfires started

August 13th, 2014 - 5:02am

(Seattle) -- The National Weather Service office reported more than 200 lightning strikes in Clallam and Jefferson counties over past 2 days after a red flag warning for lightning on the Olympic Peninsula was issued Monday afternoon and extended until last night.

Most of the lightning strikes were outside Olympic National Park, where Public Information Officer Rainey McKenna says there were 2 suspected lightning strikes that started small fires Tuesday.

The brush fire on Hurricane Ridge Road between milepost 13 and 14 about 3 miles below the Visitors Center. The fire was about 100 yards above the roadway.

The second fire is in a remote area near Appleton Pass, on the divide between the Soleduck River and Boulder Creek.

McKenna says it's in a fairly remote area of the park and for now, the risk is not high.

McKenna says cloudy conditions prevented officials from conducting an overflight of the fire yesterday.

National Weather Service meteorologist Josh Smith told Newsradio K-O-N-P Tuesday the chance of thunderstorms for the Olympic Peninsula should be gone today. (Wednesday)

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