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.
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.
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.
A pickup drives along a road where a wildfire rages early on July 18, near Brewster.
A firefighter works on the still-smoldering home of the mayor of Pateros on July 18.
Smoke and flames from the Chiwaukum Creek Fire are seen from the air near Leavenworth on July 17.
A wildfire is seen raging in the hills behind Brewster early on July 18 in Brewster.
Firefighters work on the still-smoldering remains of a house destroyed the night before in a wildfire, on July 18 in Pateros.