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The Carlton Complex fire is the largest in WA. State history

The Carlton Complex fire is the largest in WA. State history
MALOTT, WA - The Carlton Complex fire burning in north-central Washington is officially the largest wildfire in state history.

It's now burned about 380 square miles and is16% contained.

Cooler temperatures and even a little bit of rain fell on the blaze Tuesday morning. Firefighters are worried about a lightning watch in the forecast this week, but hope to do what they can with the increased humidity.

"It's hot, dirty, nasty work, but that's the definition of firefighting," said Carlton Complex Media Coordinator, Pete Buist. "But as judged from the safety record, they're doing real well, obviously they're making progress, although the tendency is to guess that since containment is minimal that we're not making progress, we really are."

The fire has destroyed about 150 homes and is being blamed for one death. A man died of an apparent heart attack while fighting the fire near his home. Crews from New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming are in Washington State to help fight the wildfires
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