A firefighter watches as a blaze approaches on Friday, June 18, 2014, in Malette, Wash. In mid-July, four lightning strikes started four fires in the Methow Valley. Within three days, the fires merged and turned into the largest wildfire in state history, burning more than 256,000 acres and costing the state $60 million to fight. Around 300 homes were destroyed, including most of the town of Pateros. Damage to livestock and agricultural land was devastating.
The cross atop the Pateros United Methodist Church is seen seemingly enveloped by burnt foliage on Friday, July 18, 2014, in Pateros, Wash. Thanks to a number of sprinklers the church escaped narrowly being burnt to the ground while nearly everything around it was destroyed during Thursday night’s wildfire.
Emma Franco, carries Jovonnie Lobato as she walks through the empty space of what used to be her home on Friday, July 18, 2014, in Pateros, Wash. “I have nothing left,” she said. “No papers, no clothes.”