At least 200 homes destroyed by wildfires in Washington, USA

Sixteen large wildfires burning across central and eastern areas of the US state of Washington, have destroyed more than 200 homes as thousands of people remain on evacuation notices.

Wildfires across the drought-plagued western US states have led residents to flee their homes as authorities scramble for resources to beat back the flames.

The fires in Washington state destroyed an area covering almost 1,500 square kilometres as more than 12,000 homes and thousands of other structures remain threatened.

Meanwhile, firefighters and residents are bracing for a return to more intense fire activity in western Montana where wildfires have scored large areas and threatened some small communities.


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