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2023 Wildfires

News >  Pacific NW

A Washington wildfire sparked in a field of wheat. Within minutes it overwhelmed firefighters

Steve McBride guided his Jeep Compass through the dense smoke. The landscape of once golden-brown ponderosa pines and tan brittle grasses was charred and smoldering. Just hours before, police had escorted him out of his home. But he was headed back into the flames, determined to turn his neighborhood's water back on and give fire crews a fighting chance.