Northwest News
5:30 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Wildfires Continue To Have Northwest Residents On Edge

People in many Northwest communities are on edge Tuesday. A series of wildfires that threatened urban areas in recent days is the culprit. Those fires are now mostly contained, but the region remains very dry with another round of high temperatures expected this week.

A series of wildfires that threatened urban areas in recent days has many Northwest communities on edge today.
A series of wildfires that threatened urban areas in recent days has many Northwest communities on edge today.
Credit Daniel O'Connor / InciWeb

Separate wildfires threatened homes near Spokane and Mansfield, Wash. Another blaze came close to seven homes near Grants Pass in Oregon. More than a dozen large fires are still burning on forest and grassland in both states. The Oregon Department of Forestry's Rod Nichols says there's no end in sight.

"We've burned about four times the acreage by this point that we would in an average season,” Nichols said. “So, very active."

Nichols says Oregon has spent more than $20 million fighting fires this summer. In Washington, the cost has exceeded $50 million. That's in large part due to the enormous Carlton Complex Fire, which destroyed more than 300 homes in central Washington. It's being called the largest wildfire in the state's history.

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