Wildfires in Eastern Washington

The largest wildfires burning in central Washington are over four times larger than the size of Seattle and they're only two percent contained.


A DC-10 air tanker pulls up after dropping 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)
Photo by Elaine Thompson

A DC-10 air tanker drops fire retardant over a wildfire as smoke rises and billows behind 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)
Photo by Elaine Thompson

An American Flag waves in the breeze as a wildfire approaches on Friday, July 18, 2014, in Malott, Wash. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Tyler Tjomsland)
Photo by The Spokesman-Review, Tyler Tjomsland

A collection of vintage cars smolder after a wildfire burnt through them on Friday, July 18, 2014, near Malott, Wash. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Tyler Tjomsland)
Photo by The Spokesman-Review, Tyler Tjomsland

Firefighters Alex Keller, left, and Jacey Mesteth sharpen their tools as they wait to be deployed to a fire line Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Winthrop, 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)
Photo by 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)
Photo by Elaine Thompson

Firefighter Kathleen Calvin looks around as she sits atop her fire truck while waiting to begin work as smoke from a wildfire fills the sky behind Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Winthrop, 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)
Photo by Elaine Thompson

A firefighter cools a tree in a line of fire Friday, July 18, 2014, in Winthrop, 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. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Photo by Elaine Thompson

Firefighters dig a fire line Friday, July 18, 2014, in Winthrop, 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. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Photo by Elaine Thompson

A home and a burned-out car and golf cart remain from 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. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Photo by Elaine Thompson

The foundation of a home and burned-out cars remain from 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. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Photo by Elaine Thompson

A roadside sign on charred grass warns of high fire danger near Pateros, Wash., Friday, July 18, 2014. Wildfires swept through the area Thursday night, destroying several homes. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Photo by Ted S. Warren

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)
Photo by Elaine Thompson

A plane drops fire retardant over a hillside above Twisp, Wash., Friday, July 18, 2014. 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)
Photo by Elaine Thompson

A line of firefighters stands guard at dusk as they allow fire to burn to the road but keep an eye out to prevent embers from crossing Friday, July 18, 2014, in Winthrop, 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)
Photo by Elaine Thompson

A helicopter preparing to drop water is dwarfed by a billowing cloud of smoke from a wildfire Friday, July 18, 2014, in Twisp, 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)
Photo by Elaine Thompson

Smoke from fires increased the intensity of red and yellow hues during sunset over the Methow Valley Friday, July 18, 2014, in Winthrop, 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)
Photo by Elaine Thompson

Clouds of smoke billow from a wildfire Friday, July 18, 2014, near Twisp, 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)
Photo by Elaine Thompson

As the sun sets, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee views smoke from the Chiwaukum Creek Fire near Leavenworth, Wash., from the window of his plane as he returns from a tour of areas affect by Washington state wildfires, Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Photo by Ted S. Warren

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, center, and Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste, right, are seen through the windows of a burned out car as they visit 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)
Photo by Ted S. Warren

A large cloud rises over wildfires in Eastern Washington as seen from University District at sunset on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Seattle, Wash. Worsening wildfire activity has prompted the governor's offices in both Washington and Oregon to declare a state of emergency, a move that enables state officials to call up the National Guard. In Washington, that declaration covers 30 eastern Washington counties. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Bessex)
Photo by AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Bessex

Smoke from a separate fire north-east of the Chiwaukum Creek Fire near Leavenworth, Wash., is seen from the air, Thursday, July 17, 2014.
Photo by AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Smoke from the Chiwaukum Creek Fire is seen from the air with Mount Rainier in the background 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.
Photo by AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Smoke from the Chiwaukum Creek Fire is shown from the window of an airplane flying 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.
Photo by 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.
Photo by AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Massive flames burn trees in the Chiwaukum Creek Fire as seen from the air 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.
Photo by 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.
Photo by AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Smoke and flames are seen from the air at 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.
Photo by AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Flames burn trees in the Chiwaukum Creek Fire as seen from the air 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.
Photo by AP Photo/Ted S. Warren