See where the wildfires have been raging across Washington in the past several weeks in this animated map.
Wildfires have burned more than 900,000 acres in Washington, killing three firefighters, displacing thousands of people and animals, destroying untold amounts of property and sending a haze of smoke across the state.
The fires have grown at a terrifying rate, due in part to “unhealthy” forests choked by drought. The Okanogan complex fire is the largest in state history, beating a record set by last year’s Carlton complex.
President Obama declared a state of emergency and ordered federal aid for the response efforts on Aug. 21.
The animation below shows the growth of the fires since July 29, 2015.
More on Washington’s wildfires:
- Interactive map of the active fires across the United States
- Photo gallery and stories behind some of the moving images captured by Seattle Times photojournalists
Click and zoom on the map below to see the locations, sizes and perimeters of wildfires across the nation.