KGMI News Reporting
By Tracy Ellis
OKANOGAN, Wash. – The wildfires burning in eastern and central Washington are so massive; the smoke has now reached as far as Chicago.
The devastating Carlton Complex fire continues to wreak havoc and force families from their homes.
It is now over 370 square miles in size.
Over a hundred homes have burned, and people in Pateros, Brewster, Malott, Winthrop, Twisp, and the Methow Valley are warned they may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Governor Jay Inslee is in Okanogan.
The next biggest is the fire burning near the Yakima Army Training Center in Kittitas County.
Six buildings including three homes are burned to rubble.
The fire covers 40,000 acres.
The Mills Canyon fire continues to burn near Entiat, where 22,000 acres have burned and is 50 percent contained.
About 30 miles out of Spokane is the Watermelon Hill fire.
It’s 13,000 acres in size and firefighters are concerned by how close it is to nearby farmland.