Raging wildfire in north central Washington State send families scrambling from burning homes

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Wildfires Force Evacuation In Pacific Northwest


BY BEN LEVIN

The Pacific Northwest is usually the wettest part of the country - making its current nightmare all the more shocking.

"​The destruction left behind by a raging wildfire in north central Washington State." (via Fox News)

It's been a historically dry summer in the Northwest, leading to some of the worst wildfires in the region's history.

"Fueled by whipping winds soaring temperatures and bone-dry conditions​." (via NBC)

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Raging wildfire in north central Washington State send families scrambling from burning homes
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)
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)
A line of fire snakes along a hillside at dusk 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)
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)
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)
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)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, left, visits with Sue DePriest, right, at her home on Alta Lake near Pateros, Wash., Friday, July 18, 2014. DePriest evacuated her home Thursday night as wildfires swept through the area, but she returned home and found her property intact Friday, but remained worried about fires still burning across the lake. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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)
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)
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)
Flames make a run up a hill 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)
A firefighter drags a hose past 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)
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. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, right, stands with Rep. Brad Hawkins, R-East Wenatchee, second from right, next at 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)
Wind whips a U.S. flag and a Washington state flag as smoke from wildfires fills the air near Pateros, Wash., Friday, July 18, 2014. High winds throughout the afternoon and evening made it difficult for firefighters to gain ground on blazes across Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Flames creep down a hillside in view of businesses 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)
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The fires were sparked by lightning strikes and have forced emergency declarations in Washington and Oregon.

The worst damage has hit small towns like Pateros, where The Seattle Times reports 100 homes have been destroyed.

"Josh Allen was turned away at a roadblock."

"Probably the hardest thing I had to do. Knowing that your house is burning up." (Via CBS)

Oregon Public Broadcasting estimates that 7,000 firefighters are trying to protect homes in the Northwest.

But as the fires enter their fifth day, it's only getting worse. The Spokesman-Review reports there is "zero containment" as strong winds whip the flames across rural Washington.

"Sean Killian came from Salem Oregon and just wrapped up a 16 hour day."

"Really kind of have to just stand in awe. Not much you can do but just prepare." ​(Via KING)

And with evacuation notices, families are scrambling out of their homes.

"Chasing off families with only what they could carry."

"It really looked like the cauldron of hell. Flames everywhere you look." (Via ABC)

And Washington governor, Jay Inslee, stressed just how serious the situation is.

​"This is not a moment to be pushing the envelope with garden hoses and the like." (via KCPQ)

As of Sunday afternoon, no injuries or deaths had been reported.

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