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Wildfire destroys homes, causes evacuation of town

Extensive damage but no injuries

  • Emma Franco, views her destroyed mobile home on Friday, July 18, 2014, after several homes were destroyed in Pateros, Wash., along South Dawson Street near Warren Street on Thursday evening. Tens of thousands of acres are burning in four major fires around the state, destroying homes and forcing residents to pack up and run. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel)

    Emma Franco, views her destroyed mobile home on Friday, July 18, 2014, after several homes were destroyed in Pateros, Wash., along South Dawson Street near Warren Street on Thursday evening. Tens of thousands of acres are burning in four major fires around the state, destroying homes and forcing residents to pack up and run. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel)

  • Forrest Harrison holds the hand of his daughter, Avery, 5, as he looks over the rubble remaining from his home after a wildfire destroyed it the night before Friday, July 18, 2014, 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. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Forrest Harrison holds the hand of his daughter, Avery, 5, as he looks over the rubble remaining from his home after a wildfire destroyed it the night before Friday, July 18, 2014, 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. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Emma Franco, center, is consoled after she lost her mobile home in the town of Pateros, Wash., on Friday, July 18, 2014.  Authorities say the wildfire has already burned about 100 homes and prompted the evacuation of Pateros, home to about 650 people in Okanogan County. A hospital in nearby Brewster was also evacuated as a precaution.   (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel) OUTS: SEATTLE OUT, USA TODAY OUT, MAGAZINES OUT, TELEVISION OUT, SALES OUT. MANDATORY CREDIT TO:  MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES.

    Emma Franco, center, is consoled after she lost her mobile home in the town of Pateros, Wash., on Friday, July 18, 2014. Authorities say the wildfire has already burned about 100 homes and prompted the evacuation of Pateros, home to about 650 people in Okanogan County. A hospital in nearby Brewster was also evacuated as a precaution. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel) OUTS: SEATTLE OUT, USA TODAY OUT, MAGAZINES OUT, TELEVISION OUT, SALES OUT. MANDATORY CREDIT TO: MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES.

  • Firefighters work on the still-smoldering remains of a house destroyed the night before in a wildfire, Friday, July 18, 2014, 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. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Firefighters work on the still-smoldering remains of a house destroyed the night before in a wildfire, Friday, July 18, 2014, 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. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • A wildfire is seen raging in the hills behind Brewster early Friday morning, July 18, 2014, in Brewster, 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.  (AP Photo, The Spokesman-Review, Tyler Tjomsland)

    A wildfire is seen raging in the hills behind Brewster early Friday morning, July 18, 2014, in Brewster, 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. (AP Photo, The Spokesman-Review, Tyler Tjomsland)

  • Flames shoot from behind a house on a hillside Friday, July 18, 2014, 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. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Flames shoot from behind a house on a hillside Friday, July 18, 2014, 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. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Washington Gov. Jay Inslee views the Chiwaukum Creek Fire near Leavenworth, Wash., from the air, Friday, July 18, 2014.  Inslee says some 2,000 firefighters are working in the eastern part of the state, with about a dozen helicopters from the Department of Natural Resources and the National Guard, along with a Washington State Patrol spotter plane. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee views the Chiwaukum Creek Fire near Leavenworth, Wash., from the air, Friday, July 18, 2014. Inslee says some 2,000 firefighters are working in the eastern part of the state, with about a dozen helicopters from the Department of Natural Resources and the National Guard, along with a Washington State Patrol spotter plane. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • The remains of a burned building stand smoking in the town of Pateros, Wash., on Friday, July 18, 2014.  Authorities say the wildfire has already burned about 100 homes and prompted the evacuation of Pateros, home to about 650 people in Okanogan County. A hospital in nearby Brewster was also evacuated as a precaution.    (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel) OUTS: SEATTLE OUT, USA TODAY OUT, MAGAZINES OUT, TELEVISION OUT, SALES OUT. MANDATORY CREDIT TO:  MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES.

    The remains of a burned building stand smoking in the town of Pateros, Wash., on Friday, July 18, 2014. Authorities say the wildfire has already burned about 100 homes and prompted the evacuation of Pateros, home to about 650 people in Okanogan County. A hospital in nearby Brewster was also evacuated as a precaution. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel) OUTS: SEATTLE OUT, USA TODAY OUT, MAGAZINES OUT, TELEVISION OUT, SALES OUT. MANDATORY CREDIT TO: MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES.

  • Burned cars sit along US Route 97, in Pateros, Wash., Friday, July 18, 2014. Authorities say the wildfire has already burned about 100 homes and prompted the evacuation of Pateros, home to about 650 people in Okanogan County. A hospital in nearby Brewster was also evacuated as a precaution.  (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel) OUTS: SEATTLE OUT, USA TODAY OUT, MAGAZINES OUT, TELEVISION OUT, SALES OUT. MANDATORY CREDIT TO:  MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES.

    Burned cars sit along US Route 97, in Pateros, Wash., Friday, July 18, 2014. Authorities say the wildfire has already burned about 100 homes and prompted the evacuation of Pateros, home to about 650 people in Okanogan County. A hospital in nearby Brewster was also evacuated as a precaution. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel) OUTS: SEATTLE OUT, USA TODAY OUT, MAGAZINES OUT, TELEVISION OUT, SALES OUT. MANDATORY CREDIT TO: MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES.

  • Flames creep down a hillside in view of businesses Friday, July 18, 2014, 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. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Flames creep down a hillside in view of businesses Friday, July 18, 2014, 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. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • The Chiwaukum Creek Fire near Leavenworth, Wash. is viewed from a plane carrying Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on a tour of areas being affected by wildfires, Friday, July 18, 2014. Inslee says some 2,000 firefighters are working in the eastern part of the state, with about a dozen helicopters from the Department of Natural Resources and the National Guard, along with a Washington State Patrol spotter plane.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    The Chiwaukum Creek Fire near Leavenworth, Wash. is viewed from a plane carrying Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on a tour of areas being affected by wildfires, Friday, July 18, 2014. Inslee says some 2,000 firefighters are working in the eastern part of the state, with about a dozen helicopters from the Department of Natural Resources and the National Guard, along with a Washington State Patrol spotter plane. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • A plane drops fire retardant on the Chiwaukum Creek Fire near Leavenworth, Wash., Thursday, July 17, 2014. The blaze closed a section of U.S. Highway 2, and resulted in the evacuation of nearly 900 homes. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    A plane drops fire retardant on the Chiwaukum Creek Fire near Leavenworth, Wash., Thursday, July 17, 2014. The blaze closed a section of U.S. Highway 2, and resulted in the evacuation of nearly 900 homes. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • A helicopter dumps a load of water onto one of the fires burning on a ridge west of Leavenworth, Wash., Thursday, July 17, 2014. The fire chased people from nearly 900 homes as it burned near the Bavarian-themed village of Leavenworth. The Chiwaukum Creek Fire sent a light dusting of ash over Leavenworth, where the German-style motif provides a backdrop to Oktoberfest and a Christmas tree lighting festival. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel)

    A helicopter dumps a load of water onto one of the fires burning on a ridge west of Leavenworth, Wash., Thursday, July 17, 2014. The fire chased people from nearly 900 homes as it burned near the Bavarian-themed village of Leavenworth. The Chiwaukum Creek Fire sent a light dusting of ash over Leavenworth, where the German-style motif provides a backdrop to Oktoberfest and a Christmas tree lighting festival. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel)

  • This aerial photo shows a large plume of smoke and steam rises from just south of Pateros, Wash., Friday morning, July 18, 2014 from the Carlton Complex Fire.   Authorities say the wildfire has already burned about 100 homes and prompted the evacuation of Pateros, home to about 650 people in Okanogan County. A hospital in nearby Brewster was also evacuated as a precaution.  (AP Photo/The Wenatchee World, Don Seabrook)

    This aerial photo shows a large plume of smoke and steam rises from just south of Pateros, Wash., Friday morning, July 18, 2014 from the Carlton Complex Fire. Authorities say the wildfire has already burned about 100 homes and prompted the evacuation of Pateros, home to about 650 people in Okanogan County. A hospital in nearby Brewster was also evacuated as a precaution. (AP Photo/The Wenatchee World, Don Seabrook)

  • Jana Witkowski, a lifeguard at the Leavenworth, Wash. swimming pool, cleans ash and burned embers from the bottom of the pool that fell from the Chiwaukum Fire, Thursday, July 17, 2014. The pool was closed all day because of the amount of particles in the pool. (AP Photo/The Wenatchee World, Don Seabrook)

    Jana Witkowski, a lifeguard at the Leavenworth, Wash. swimming pool, cleans ash and burned embers from the bottom of the pool that fell from the Chiwaukum Fire, Thursday, July 17, 2014. The pool was closed all day because of the amount of particles in the pool. (AP Photo/The Wenatchee World, Don Seabrook)

  • A firefighter puts water on one of the structures burning in Pateros, Wash. on Thursday night, July 17, 2014, as fire sweeps through town. Many homes were lost in the blaze. (AP Photo/The Wenatchee World, Mike Bonnicksen)

    A firefighter puts water on one of the structures burning in Pateros, Wash. on Thursday night, July 17, 2014, as fire sweeps through town. Many homes were lost in the blaze. (AP Photo/The Wenatchee World, Mike Bonnicksen)

  • Ben Walters, a firefighter with the city of Cheney, assesses houses in Ponderosa Estates in Plain, Wash., Thursday, July 17, 2014. The area is under a level-three evacuation notice and only a dozen residents remain out of more than 300. Walters is calculating the amount of time it would take to prepare each of the houses in case of fire. (AP Photo/The Wenatchee World, Don Seabrook)

    Ben Walters, a firefighter with the city of Cheney, assesses houses in Ponderosa Estates in Plain, Wash., Thursday, July 17, 2014. The area is under a level-three evacuation notice and only a dozen residents remain out of more than 300. Walters is calculating the amount of time it would take to prepare each of the houses in case of fire. (AP Photo/The Wenatchee World, Don Seabrook)

  • Smoke from the Chiwaukum Creek Fire hangs over the town of Leavenworth, Wash., on Thursday, July 17, 2014. The fire chased people from nearly 900 homes as it burned near the Bavarian-themed village of Leavenworth. The fire sent a light dusting of ash over Leavenworth, where the German-style motif provides a backdrop to Oktoberfest and a Christmas tree lighting festival. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel)

    Smoke from the Chiwaukum Creek Fire hangs over the town of Leavenworth, Wash., on Thursday, July 17, 2014. The fire chased people from nearly 900 homes as it burned near the Bavarian-themed village of Leavenworth. The fire sent a light dusting of ash over Leavenworth, where the German-style motif provides a backdrop to Oktoberfest and a Christmas tree lighting festival. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel)

  • The sun barely shines through smoke from a wildfire that burned acreage and homes near Pateros, Wash., Friday, July 18, 2014.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    The sun barely shines through smoke from a wildfire that burned acreage and homes near Pateros, Wash., Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Smoke and flames rise from the Chiwaukum Creek Fire near Leavenworth, Wash., Thursday, July 17, 2014, in this aerial photo. The blaze closed a section of U.S. Highway 2, and resulted in the evacuation of nearly 900 homes. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Smoke and flames rise from the Chiwaukum Creek Fire near Leavenworth, Wash., Thursday, July 17, 2014, in this aerial photo. The blaze closed a section of U.S. Highway 2, and resulted in the evacuation of nearly 900 homes. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • The sun barely shines through smoke from a wildfire burning in grass near Pateros, Wash., Friday, July 18, 2014.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    The sun barely shines through smoke from a wildfire burning in grass near Pateros, Wash., Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Smoke and flames rise from the Chiwaukum Creek Fire near Leavenworth, Wash., Thursday, July 17, 2014, in this aerial photo. The blaze closed a section of U.S. Highway 2, and resulted in the evacuation of nearly 900 homes. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Smoke and flames rise from the Chiwaukum Creek Fire near Leavenworth, Wash., Thursday, July 17, 2014, in this aerial photo. The blaze closed a section of U.S. Highway 2, and resulted in the evacuation of nearly 900 homes. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, right, stands with Rep. Brad Hawkins, R-East Wenatchee, second from right, next at the site of a home that was destroyed by wildfires near the Alta Lake Golf Course in Pateros, Wash., Friday, July 18, 2014. The Governor was in the area to access needs and damage after wildfires swept through the region overnight. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, right, stands with Rep. Brad Hawkins, R-East Wenatchee, second from right, next at the site of a home that was destroyed by wildfires near the Alta Lake Golf Course in Pateros, Wash., Friday, July 18, 2014. The Governor was in the area to access needs and damage after wildfires swept through the region overnight. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • A blanket of gray smoke from the Carlton Complex of fires near Twisp, Wash., settles Thursday afternoon, July 17, 2014, on Sunset Hill in Spokane, Wash. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Dan Pelle)

    A blanket of gray smoke from the Carlton Complex of fires near Twisp, Wash., settles Thursday afternoon, July 17, 2014, on Sunset Hill in Spokane, Wash. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Dan Pelle)

  • Flames and smoke fill the air along the hillside above the river, in Pateros, Wa, Friday, July 18, 2014.  Authorities say the wildfire has already burned about 100 homes and prompted the evacuation of Pateros, home to about 650 people in Okanogan County. A hospital in nearby Brewster was also evacuated as a precaution.   (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel)  SEATTLE OUT; USA TODAY OUT; MAGS OUT; TELEVISION OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT TO BOTH THE SEATTLE TIMES AND THE PHOTOGRAPHER

    Flames and smoke fill the air along the hillside above the river, in Pateros, Wa, Friday, July 18, 2014. Authorities say the wildfire has already burned about 100 homes and prompted the evacuation of Pateros, home to about 650 people in Okanogan County. A hospital in nearby Brewster was also evacuated as a precaution. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel) SEATTLE OUT; USA TODAY OUT; MAGS OUT; TELEVISION OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT TO BOTH THE SEATTLE TIMES AND THE PHOTOGRAPHER

  • Flames and smoke fill the air along the hillside above the river, in Pateros, Wa, Friday, July 18, 2014.  Authorities say the wildfire has already burned about 100 homes and prompted the evacuation of Pateros, home to about 650 people in Okanogan County. A hospital in nearby Brewster was also evacuated as a precaution.   (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel)  SEATTLE OUT; USA TODAY OUT; MAGS OUT; TELEVISION OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT TO BOTH THE SEATTLE TIMES AND THE PHOTOGRAPHER

    Flames and smoke fill the air along the hillside above the river, in Pateros, Wa, Friday, July 18, 2014. Authorities say the wildfire has already burned about 100 homes and prompted the evacuation of Pateros, home to about 650 people in Okanogan County. A hospital in nearby Brewster was also evacuated as a precaution. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel) SEATTLE OUT; USA TODAY OUT; MAGS OUT; TELEVISION OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT TO BOTH THE SEATTLE TIMES AND THE PHOTOGRAPHER

  • Chuck Bontrager, left, and Josh Allen look through debris from a home destroyed in a wildfire the night before Friday, July 18, 2014, 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. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Chuck Bontrager, left, and Josh Allen look through debris from a home destroyed in a wildfire the night before Friday, July 18, 2014, 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. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Drivers use their headlights driving along Highway 97 between Brewster and Pateros, Wash., on Friday, July 18, 2014, due to heavy smoke from wildfires. Tens of thousands of acres are burning in four major fires around the state, destroying homes and forcing residents to pack up and run. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel)

    Drivers use their headlights driving along Highway 97 between Brewster and Pateros, Wash., on Friday, July 18, 2014, due to heavy smoke from wildfires. Tens of thousands of acres are burning in four major fires around the state, destroying homes and forcing residents to pack up and run. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel)

  • Smoke rises in the distance as a vehicle travels Highway 153 Saturday, July 19, 2014, near Carlton, Wash. A wind-driven, lightning-caused wildfire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes Thursday and Friday, leaving behind solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles in the scenic Methow Valley northeast of Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Smoke rises in the distance as a vehicle travels Highway 153 Saturday, July 19, 2014, near Carlton, Wash. A wind-driven, lightning-caused wildfire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes Thursday and Friday, leaving behind solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles in the scenic Methow Valley northeast of Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • A DC-10 air tanker, right, is dwarfed by nearby smoke while beginning to drop fire retardant over a wildfire Saturday, July 19, 2014, near Carlton, Wash. A wind-driven, lightning-caused wildfire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes Thursday and Friday, leaving behind solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles in the scenic Methow Valley northeast of Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    A DC-10 air tanker, right, is dwarfed by nearby smoke while beginning to drop fire retardant over a wildfire Saturday, July 19, 2014, near Carlton, Wash. A wind-driven, lightning-caused wildfire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes Thursday and Friday, leaving behind solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles in the scenic Methow Valley northeast of Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • A DC-10 air tanker drops fire retardant over a wildfire Saturday, July 19, 2014, near Carlton, Wash. A wind-driven, lightning-caused wildfire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes Thursday and Friday, leaving behind solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles in the scenic Methow Valley northeast of Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    A DC-10 air tanker drops fire retardant over a wildfire Saturday, July 19, 2014, near Carlton, Wash. A wind-driven, lightning-caused wildfire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes Thursday and Friday, leaving behind solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles in the scenic Methow Valley northeast of Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • A group of women pause after sifting through the rubble of a four-plex apartment building destroyed in a wildfire the night before Friday, July 18, 2014, 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. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    A group of women pause after sifting through the rubble of a four-plex apartment building destroyed in a wildfire the night before Friday, July 18, 2014, 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. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Emma Franco, views her destroyed mobile home on Friday, July 18, 2014, after several homes were destroyed in Pateros, Wash., along South Dawson Street near Warren Street on Thursday evening. Tens of thousands of acres are burning in four major fires around the state, destroying homes and forcing residents to pack up and run. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel)
  • Forrest Harrison holds the hand of his daughter, Avery, 5, as he looks over the rubble remaining from his home after a wildfire destroyed it the night before Friday, July 18, 2014, 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. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
  • Emma Franco, center, is consoled after she lost her mobile home in the town of Pateros, Wash., on Friday, July 18, 2014.  Authorities say the wildfire has already burned about 100 homes and prompted the evacuation of Pateros, home to about 650 people in Okanogan County. A hospital in nearby Brewster was also evacuated as a precaution.   (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel) OUTS: SEATTLE OUT, USA TODAY OUT, MAGAZINES OUT, TELEVISION OUT, SALES OUT. MANDATORY CREDIT TO:  MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES.
  • Firefighters work on the still-smoldering remains of a house destroyed the night before in a wildfire, Friday, July 18, 2014, 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. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
  • A wildfire is seen raging in the hills behind Brewster early Friday morning, July 18, 2014, in Brewster, 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.  (AP Photo, The Spokesman-Review, Tyler Tjomsland)
  • Flames shoot from behind a house on a hillside Friday, July 18, 2014, 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. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
  • Washington Gov. Jay Inslee views the Chiwaukum Creek Fire near Leavenworth, Wash., from the air, Friday, July 18, 2014.  Inslee says some 2,000 firefighters are working in the eastern part of the state, with about a dozen helicopters from the Department of Natural Resources and the National Guard, along with a Washington State Patrol spotter plane. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
  • The remains of a burned building stand smoking in the town of Pateros, Wash., on Friday, July 18, 2014.  Authorities say the wildfire has already burned about 100 homes and prompted the evacuation of Pateros, home to about 650 people in Okanogan County. A hospital in nearby Brewster was also evacuated as a precaution.    (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel) OUTS: SEATTLE OUT, USA TODAY OUT, MAGAZINES OUT, TELEVISION OUT, SALES OUT. MANDATORY CREDIT TO:  MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES.
  • Burned cars sit along US Route 97, in Pateros, Wash., Friday, July 18, 2014. Authorities say the wildfire has already burned about 100 homes and prompted the evacuation of Pateros, home to about 650 people in Okanogan County. A hospital in nearby Brewster was also evacuated as a precaution.  (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel) OUTS: SEATTLE OUT, USA TODAY OUT, MAGAZINES OUT, TELEVISION OUT, SALES OUT. MANDATORY CREDIT TO:  MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES.
  • Flames creep down a hillside in view of businesses Friday, July 18, 2014, 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. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
  • The Chiwaukum Creek Fire near Leavenworth, Wash. is viewed from a plane carrying Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on a tour of areas being affected by wildfires, Friday, July 18, 2014. Inslee says some 2,000 firefighters are working in the eastern part of the state, with about a dozen helicopters from the Department of Natural Resources and the National Guard, along with a Washington State Patrol spotter plane.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
  • A plane drops fire retardant on the Chiwaukum Creek Fire near Leavenworth, Wash., Thursday, July 17, 2014. The blaze closed a section of U.S. Highway 2, and resulted in the evacuation of nearly 900 homes. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
  • A helicopter dumps a load of water onto one of the fires burning on a ridge west of Leavenworth, Wash., Thursday, July 17, 2014. The fire chased people from nearly 900 homes as it burned near the Bavarian-themed village of Leavenworth. The Chiwaukum Creek Fire sent a light dusting of ash over Leavenworth, where the German-style motif provides a backdrop to Oktoberfest and a Christmas tree lighting festival. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel)
  • This aerial photo shows a large plume of smoke and steam rises from just south of Pateros, Wash., Friday morning, July 18, 2014 from the Carlton Complex Fire.   Authorities say the wildfire has already burned about 100 homes and prompted the evacuation of Pateros, home to about 650 people in Okanogan County. A hospital in nearby Brewster was also evacuated as a precaution.  (AP Photo/The Wenatchee World, Don Seabrook)
  • Jana Witkowski, a lifeguard at the Leavenworth, Wash. swimming pool, cleans ash and burned embers from the bottom of the pool that fell from the Chiwaukum Fire, Thursday, July 17, 2014. The pool was closed all day because of the amount of particles in the pool. (AP Photo/The Wenatchee World, Don Seabrook)
  • A firefighter puts water on one of the structures burning in Pateros, Wash. on Thursday night, July 17, 2014, as fire sweeps through town. Many homes were lost in the blaze. (AP Photo/The Wenatchee World, Mike Bonnicksen)
  • Ben Walters, a firefighter with the city of Cheney, assesses houses in Ponderosa Estates in Plain, Wash., Thursday, July 17, 2014. The area is under a level-three evacuation notice and only a dozen residents remain out of more than 300. Walters is calculating the amount of time it would take to prepare each of the houses in case of fire. (AP Photo/The Wenatchee World, Don Seabrook)
  • Smoke from the Chiwaukum Creek Fire hangs over the town of Leavenworth, Wash., on Thursday, July 17, 2014. The fire chased people from nearly 900 homes as it burned near the Bavarian-themed village of Leavenworth. The fire sent a light dusting of ash over Leavenworth, where the German-style motif provides a backdrop to Oktoberfest and a Christmas tree lighting festival. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel)
  • The sun barely shines through smoke from a wildfire that burned acreage and homes near Pateros, Wash., Friday, July 18, 2014.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
  • Smoke and flames rise from the Chiwaukum Creek Fire near Leavenworth, Wash., Thursday, July 17, 2014, in this aerial photo. The blaze closed a section of U.S. Highway 2, and resulted in the evacuation of nearly 900 homes. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
  • The sun barely shines through smoke from a wildfire burning in grass near Pateros, Wash., Friday, July 18, 2014.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
  • Smoke and flames rise from the Chiwaukum Creek Fire near Leavenworth, Wash., Thursday, July 17, 2014, in this aerial photo. The blaze closed a section of U.S. Highway 2, and resulted in the evacuation of nearly 900 homes. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
  • Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, right, stands with Rep. Brad Hawkins, R-East Wenatchee, second from right, next at the site of a home that was destroyed by wildfires near the Alta Lake Golf Course in Pateros, Wash., Friday, July 18, 2014. The Governor was in the area to access needs and damage after wildfires swept through the region overnight. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
  • A blanket of gray smoke from the Carlton Complex of fires near Twisp, Wash., settles Thursday afternoon, July 17, 2014, on Sunset Hill in Spokane, Wash. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Dan Pelle)
  • Flames and smoke fill the air along the hillside above the river, in Pateros, Wa, Friday, July 18, 2014.  Authorities say the wildfire has already burned about 100 homes and prompted the evacuation of Pateros, home to about 650 people in Okanogan County. A hospital in nearby Brewster was also evacuated as a precaution.   (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel)  SEATTLE OUT; USA TODAY OUT; MAGS OUT; TELEVISION OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT TO BOTH THE SEATTLE TIMES AND THE PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Flames and smoke fill the air along the hillside above the river, in Pateros, Wa, Friday, July 18, 2014.  Authorities say the wildfire has already burned about 100 homes and prompted the evacuation of Pateros, home to about 650 people in Okanogan County. A hospital in nearby Brewster was also evacuated as a precaution.   (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel)  SEATTLE OUT; USA TODAY OUT; MAGS OUT; TELEVISION OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT TO BOTH THE SEATTLE TIMES AND THE PHOTOGRAPHER
  • Chuck Bontrager, left, and Josh Allen look through debris from a home destroyed in a wildfire the night before Friday, July 18, 2014, 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. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
  • Drivers use their headlights driving along Highway 97 between Brewster and Pateros, Wash., on Friday, July 18, 2014, due to heavy smoke from wildfires. Tens of thousands of acres are burning in four major fires around the state, destroying homes and forcing residents to pack up and run. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Mike Siegel)
  • Smoke rises in the distance as a vehicle travels Highway 153 Saturday, July 19, 2014, near Carlton, Wash. A wind-driven, lightning-caused wildfire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes Thursday and Friday, leaving behind solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles in the scenic Methow Valley northeast of Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
  • A DC-10 air tanker, right, is dwarfed by nearby smoke while beginning to drop fire retardant over a wildfire Saturday, July 19, 2014, near Carlton, Wash. A wind-driven, lightning-caused wildfire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes Thursday and Friday, leaving behind solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles in the scenic Methow Valley northeast of Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
  • A DC-10 air tanker drops fire retardant over a wildfire Saturday, July 19, 2014, near Carlton, Wash. A wind-driven, lightning-caused wildfire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes Thursday and Friday, leaving behind solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles in the scenic Methow Valley northeast of Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
  • A group of women pause after sifting through the rubble of a four-plex apartment building destroyed in a wildfire the night before Friday, July 18, 2014, 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. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

A massive wildfire that has destroyed at least 100 homes has forced the residents of a second north-central Washington town to leave their homes, and prompted a partial evacuation of a third community, a sheriff said Friday night.

“We basically evacuated the whole town” of Malott, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said. Those living in outlying areas of Brewster were also told to leave.

Several hours later, Rogers said one home had burned in Malott but the fire threat in Brewster had eased.

Malott is home to about 500 people, while the population of Brewster is about 2,400.

No injuries have been reported, the sheriff said, adding he knew the damage toll has grown but he didn’t have an updated number.

“We know we’ve lost more homes,” he said.

The hospital in Brewster was evacuated late Thursday. Smoke in the town on Friday was so thick it nearly obscured the Columbia River from adjacent highways. The smoke extended all the way to Spokane, 150 miles to the east.

Fire swept through the town of Pateros on Thursday, leaving its 650 residents to return to large areas of smoldering rubble.

Officials said Friday the fire known as the Carlton Complex has blackened more than 260 square miles and continues to grow. That size estimate was up dramatically from the prior estimate of 28 square miles.

Friday’s dawn revealed dramatic devastation in Pateros, including solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles. Most residents evacuated in advance of the flames, and some returned Friday to see what, if anything, was left of their houses.

A wall of fire wiped out a block of homes on Dawson Street. David Brownlee, 75, said he drove away Thursday evening just as the fire reached the front of his home, which erupted like a box of matches.

“It was just a funnel of fire,” Brownlee said. “All you could do was watch her go.”

The pavement of U.S. Highway 97 stopped the advance of some of the flames, protecting parts of the town.

Firefighters poured water over the remnants of homes Friday morning, raising clouds of smoke, steam and dust. Two big water towers perched just above the town were singed black. Ash fell like snowflakes.

The fire consumed utility poles from two major power lines, knocking out power to Pateros as well as the towns of Winthrop and Twisp to the north.

Gov. Jay Inslee said about 50 fires were burning in Washington state, which has been wracked by hot, dry weather, and gusting winds and lightning.

Some 2,000 firefighters were working in the eastern part of the state, with about a dozen helicopters from the Department of Natural Resources and the National Guard, along with a Washington State Patrol spotter plane. Karina Shagren, spokeswoman for the state’s Military Department, said 100 National Guard troops were on standby, and up to 1,000 more in Yakima could receive additional fire training. Active duty military could be called in as well, Inslee said.

“This, unfortunately, is not going to be a one-day or one-week event,” he said.

Sections of several highways were closed in the Methow Valley, a popular area for hiking and fishing about 180 miles northeast of Seattle.

“There’s a lot of misplaced people, living in parking lots and stuff right now,” said Rod Griffin, a fly-fishing guide who lives near Twisp. “The whole valley’s in disarray.”

He described long lines for gasoline, with at least one gas station out of fuel, and said cellphone towers must have been damaged as well because there was very little service.

“Mother Nature is winning here,” Don Waller, chief of Okanogan County Fire District 6, told The Wenatchee World newspaper.

Sheriff Rogers said earlier his team counted 30 houses and trailers destroyed in Pateros, another 40 in a community just outside the town at Alta Lake, and about 25 homes destroyed elsewhere in the county of about 40,000 people.

About 100 miles to the south, the Mills Canyon-Chiwaukum Creek complex of fires earlier chased people from nearly 900 homes as it sent a dusting of ash over the Bavarian-themed village of Leavenworth. Most of those evacuation orders were rolled back by Friday, with residents of only about 300 homes affected, said fire spokesman Bob MacGregor.

Worsening wildfire activity has prompted the governor’s offices in both Washington and Oregon to declare states of emergency, a move that allows state officials to call up the National Guard.

Fifteen large fires were reported throughout Oregon on Friday, burning across more than 565 square miles of timber, rangeland and grass. Dozens of homes were evacuated as incident management teams and hotshot crews were brought in from at least nine states to supplement Oregon’s strained resources.

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