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Washington Wildfires Cost More Than $50 Million

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SEATTLE, WA - The Department of Natural Resources says the cost of fighting this season's wildfires in Washington state has crossed the $50 million mark. 

Nearly half of that cost comes from the Carlton complex fire in north-central Washington, the largest wildfire in state history, with a tally of $23.3 million. The next-biggest cost is the Chiwaukum Creek fire in central Washington.

The Carlton complex fire has burned more than 250,000 acres and 300 homes. As of Monday morning, it was 60% contained. Firefighters had to cancel a planned burnout operation near Winthrop over the weekend because the weather wasn't ideal.

The Chiwaukum Creek fire has burned nearly 12,000 acres. As of Monday morning it was just 25% contained.
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