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Wildfires Raging in American Northwest

Firefighter Keith McMillen (R) keeps watch over a controlled burn while battling the Carlton Complex Fire near Winthrop, Washington, July 19, 2014.Firefighter Keith McMillen (R) keeps watch over a controlled burn while battling the Carlton Complex Fire near Winthrop, Washington, July 19, 2014.
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Firefighter Keith McMillen (R) keeps watch over a controlled burn while battling the Carlton Complex Fire near Winthrop, Washington, July 19, 2014.
Firefighter Keith McMillen (R) keeps watch over a controlled burn while battling the Carlton Complex Fire near Winthrop, Washington, July 19, 2014.
VOA News

U.S. emergency officials say a massive wildfire in the northwestern state of Washington is growing unchecked and spreading in new directions, pushed by powerful, erratic winds.

Since last Monday, the lightening-sparked Carlton Complex, as it is called, has scorched about 870 square kilometers of dry timber and grasslands, downing phone and power lines and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people in the scenic Methow Valley north of the city of Seattle.

No serious injuries have been reported, but there is concern about several people whose whereabouts are not known.

The massive blaze is one of several major wildfires burning across the Pacific Northwest, which is suffering under hot, dry weather, gusting winds and lightning.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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by: Lawrence Bush from: Houston, Texas
July 20, 2014 1:00 PM
Wild fire has been a regular phenomenon in ours that destroys our green canopy over several thousands of hectors land. Our govt. and forest dept . must take steps to save our forest greeneries. It is stoppable in governmental alertness, but that yet to materialize. It is inaction. There is no doubt about it. One identical natural calamity that can be taken here - during the Bush administration, our New Orleans city was submerged due to the imact of a hurricane. And, then govt. had directed our weather dept. to developing certain curbing factors by our scientists and researchers. That's moving in the advanced stage now. Exactly, in this manner, our govt. should take steps to curbing wild fires instead of remaining inactive.

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by: Bruce Smith from: Washington State
July 21, 2014 2:11 PM
Why not go further than just stopping fires?
Save the Planet - Stop Continental Drift Now.


by: Steve from: Spokane
July 20, 2014 8:27 AM
Should have been a part of homeland security .

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