Aug 26, 2015

Wildfire season is Washington’s worst: 730,000 acres have burned, and it's not over yet

Washington
USA
by
Lauren Dake
,
The Columbian
Courtesy of the state Department of Natural Resources A smoldering landscape remains in the wake of the Gold Rush Fire, which burned about 60 acres in western Skamania County, several miles from Dougan Falls. The fire was 100 percent contained by Sunday.
Courtesy of the state Department of Natural Resources A smoldering landscape remains in the wake of the Gold Rush Fire, which burned about 60 acres in western Skamania County, several miles from Dougan Falls. The fire was 100 percent contained by Sunday.

This year is the state’s worst fire season on record, and it’s not over yet. An estimated 732,608 acres have burned, with 13 uncontained fires still raging across the state. The Okanogan Complex fire is the largest wildfire the state has ever seen, at 280,267 acres as of Wednesday morning...Before this summer, last year was considered the state’s worst fire season. The Carlton Complex wildfire that year was then the biggest in state history, burning more than 250,000 acres.