Jeff Barnard, Associated Press


GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – Firefighters already battling 26 large fires across Oregon, Washington and Idaho are bracing for more as another round of lightning storms crosses the Northwest this week.

The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center in Portland reports that intense lighting is expected Monday from the coast, across the Cascades and into Idaho. The storms start out mostly as dry lighting, and by Wednesday or Thursday should have some rain with them.

Computer models suggest 15 to 25 new fires could start, particularly in and around the Cascades.

Dozens of lightning fires have been burning across the Northwest for the past month and still threaten more than 2,500 rural homes. The Carlton Complex in north-central Washington state, which destroyed more than 300 homes last month, is now 92 percent contained.


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