Carlton Complex Fire
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The 2014 Carlton Complex fire, the largest recorded wildfire in Washington history, burned 256,108 acres, destroyed 353 homes, and caused an estimated $98 million in damage. The fire caused no direct fatalities or serious injuries. Lightning sparked the fire July 14, 2014, in four spots near the towns of Carlton, Twisp, and Winthrop in Okanogan County on the Methow River. The four fires spread uncontrollably and July 17, hot winds turned them into a firestorm racing 25 miles south. It reached Pateros on the Columbia River, and burned down 111 homes. It burned homes and ranches in the Chiliwist Valley, and threatened the town of Malott on the Okanogan River. July 18, it merged into one gigantic fire and approached the hills around Brewster, burning 47 homes. August 21, massive downpours caused devastating mudslides over the bare, ashen landscape. Yet rain helped douse the remaining hot spots and August 24, 2014, officials declared the Carlton Complex fires 100 percent contained.