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As wildfires rage in Washington state, authorities hope for better weather


Wildfires in Washington state continued to burn over the weekend, but authorities said they hope a change in weather could help firefighters contain the blazes this week.

Fire information officer Bob MacGregor told the Seattle Times that rain was expected in the region in the coming days, a forecast he called “great for firefighting.” More than 100 homes have been destroyed by the flames, which have burned hundreds of thousands of acres and caused at least one death, according to reports.

Rob Koczewski, 67, of Okanogan, Wash., suffered an apparent heart attack while trying to save his home with his wife, according to the Associated Press. Koczewski, who died Saturday, was a retired U.S. Marine and state trooper.

The Red Cross has opened shelters for residents, and travelers were warned about road closures and power outages, the Seattle Times reported.

“You can tell whose house burned down when they walk in,” shelter volunteer Val Burgett told The Spokesman-Review. “They just have this daze.”

Below you’ll find some images of the fires from this weekend:

A bight yellow fire hydrant stands next to the ruins of a mobile home park in Pateros, Washington. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Alyssa Jumors leads her horse back to her property after storing it with a neighbor, who had greener pastures, which would be safer for the horse if the wildfire got any closer. (Madeleine Meyer/Associated Press)

The Carlton Complex fire burns on the side of a mountain. (Madeleine Meyer/Associated Press)

A burned-out car sits in front the ruins of a house. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
Sarah Larimer is a general assignment reporter for the Washington Post.



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