On Sunday evening, July 24 , a lightning storm moved through Central Washington,
igniting more than forty-one fires on the Wenatchee National Forest and a total of ninety-nine
fires in Washington State....The storm came on the heels of record-breaking summer temperatures,
reaching into the 100 degrees range, to forests already impacted by several years of
drought-like conditions....Extreme fire behavior thwarted significant containment efforts through
the first few days of initial attack on these fires. Fire behavior was said to defy description or
comparison with what most seasoned firefighters had previously seen.
USDA Forest Service (1994)