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Massive Wildfires Scorch 100 Homes in Washington

Wildfires racing through rural Washington destroyed about 100 homes on Friday, leaving smoking rubble for hundreds of square miles.

Flames creep down a hillside in view of businesses on July 18 in Pateros, Wash. A fire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes , leaving behind smoldering rubble, solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles. Friday's dawn revealed dramatic devastation, with the Okanagan County town of Pateros, home to 650 people, hit especially hard.

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Pateros Mayor Libby Harrison is hugged by her daughter, Avery, 5, as she talks about the loss of her home to a wildfire the night before, on July 18, in Pateros.

Elaine Thompson / AP

A plane drops fire retardant on the Chiwaukum Creek Fire near Leavenworth, Wash., on July 17. The blaze closed a section of U.S. Highway 2, and resulted in the evacuation of nearly 900 homes.

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A pickup drives along a road where a wildfire rages early on July 18, near Brewster.

Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review

A firefighter works on the still-smoldering home of the mayor of Pateros on July 18.

Elaine Thompson / AP

Smoke and flames from the Chiwaukum Creek Fire are seen from the air near Leavenworth on July 17.

Ted S. Warren / AP

A wildfire is seen raging in the hills behind Brewster early on July 18 in Brewster.

Tyler Tjomsland / THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW

Firefighters work on the still-smoldering remains of a house destroyed the night before in a wildfire, on July 18 in Pateros.

Elaine Thompson / AP