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.