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Originally published July 18, 2014 at 12:05 PM | Page modified July 18, 2014 at 8:54 PM

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Major wildfires in Washington

A list of some of the state’s most destructive wildfires since 1990.


Since 1990

Taylor Bridge fire: Kittitas County, August 2012

Sparks from construction work on a bridge ignited dry bush below and erupted into a fire that burned 36 square miles and destroyed 170 structures, including 61 homes.

Monastery complex fire: Goldendale, Klickitat County, September 2011

More than 5,300 acres burned across more than 6 square miles, about 20 miles north of the Columbia River northeast of Goldendale. Some 100 structures burned, with 29 homes destroyed.

School fire: Columbia and Garfield counties, August 2005

The wildfire burned nearly 52,000 acres in the Blue Mountains in central Columbia and Garfield counties. More than 100 homes and another 100 outbuildings were destroyed. The fire was traced to a dead pine tree falling over power lines, causing the lines to arc and igniting dry grass.

Thirty Mile fire: Okanogan County, July 2001

On July 10, 2001, four U.S. Forest Service firefighters died while battling the Thirty Mile fire. The four were part of a 21-member crew that was caught in a valley in the middle of the blaze. Six others were injured, including two hikers. The 9,300-acre fire was started by a campfire 30 miles north of Winthrop in the Chewuch River Valley, Okanogan National Forest.

Tyee Creek fire: Wenatchee, July 1994

Lightning ignited a forest fire in the Wenatchee National Forest at Tyee Creek north of Wenatchee. It burned 187,000 acres over 33 days. The fire destroyed 37 homes and cabins.

Spokane firestorm: Spokane County, October 1991

Spokane wildfires killed two people and destroyed 114 homes. The fires burned for six days.

Compiled by Seattle Times news researcher Miyoko Wolf

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