‘Mind-blowing’ Washington wildfires burn homes and force hundreds to flee

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From just across the Wenatchee River, Dominick Bonny watched a whole neighborhood in his central Washington town burn as a wildfire destroyed two dozen structures and forced hundreds to flee.

“With the wind blowing away from us, it was like we were watching a natural disaster within arm’s reach,” he said.

The wildfires hit parts of central and eastern Washington state over the weekend as the state is struggling with a severe drought. Mountain snowpack is at extremely low levels, and about one-fifth of the state’s rivers and streams are at record low levels.

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