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Obama Declares Washington Wildfire Emergency05:14


Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters make progress in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control.

With more rain in the forecast, crews worry that moisture could lead to flash floods after so much ground vegetation has been burned away.

The Carlton Complex of fires, which has burned nearly 400 square miles in the north-central part of the state and destroyed 150 homes, was 16 percent contained as of Tuesday, fire spokeswoman Jessica Payne said.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch from Wednesday morning through evening because of expected heavy rainfall.

Obama signed an emergency declaration Wednesday because of wildfires burning the past two weeks in the state. The declaration authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate disaster relief and help state and local agencies with equipment and resources.

Tom Banse of the Northwest News Network joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson with details.


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