Firefighters on the front lines of Carlton Complex

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by ALEX ROZIER / KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on July 20, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Updated Sunday, Jul 20 at 8:51 AM

NEAR OKANOGAN, WA. -- The Carlton Complex fire has exploded to more than 200,000 acres and it’s already destroyed nearly 100 homes. Late Saturday night fire officials revised the number of homes destroyed in Alta Lake to 52. They originally projected that 40 homes were lost.

 

As the day came to a close on Saturday we were able to get on the front lines with firefighters. Crews from across the country have arrived in Central Washington to fight this blaze.  Estimated 5,000 firefighters battle Carlton Complex Fire

 

Easton Roberts works as a hot shot firefighter out of Arizona. He’s only been a firefighter for a few years, but he’s spent the past few days working to get the Carlton Complex blaze under control.

 

“Some things we can’t stop but it’s very hard to see families lose their homes,” Roberts said.

 

Crews have battled extreme temperatures, high relative humidity and a great deal of wind. 

 

“Earlier there was wind where it was running and it would spread across the field in seconds,” firefighter Sean Killian said. 

 

At this point there is zero containment on this huge fire. It’s estimated that 5,000 men and women and fighting this blaze. 

 

 

 

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