Washington State Wildfires Destroy Homes

Firefighters continue to battle raging fires across several Western states.
2:14 | 07/19/14

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abcnews.com but turn to the massive western wildfires. The worst tearing through Washington state, some 100 homes destroyed. Hundreds of square miles blackened by the flames that firefighters are struggling to get under control. ABC's Brandi Hitt is on the front lines in pateros, Washington, with more. Reporter: Imagine coming home and finding this, your house is gone. The only thing left a metal staircasas this fire continues to spread this morning more evacuations are now under way. This morning, fierce flames are tearing through central Washington. The complex fire exploding overnight to more than 160,000 acres and destroying some hundred homes. The town of pateros so ravaged a metal billboard seen here is melting away. All you could see was fire everywhere. You just watch my friend's house go down. Reporter: Alex Hernandez had to break the horrible news to his friend over the phone that a fireball wiped out his home. We thought we had it saved last night and it's gone now. Reporter: This morning, two more nearby communities are now being evacuated as a wall of fire bears down on these residential areas. And stubborn wind-whipped flames push fire crews to their limbs. Right now they're just stopping the fire from spreading any farther down the road. Reporter: It's been a hellish week of wildfires barreling through tens of thousands of acres across five starts. Leavenworth, Washington, is one of the hardest hit towns. It really looked like the cauldron of hell to see flames everywhere. Reporter: Take a look at this a charming state park reduced to ashes. The state is doing everything humanly possible to reduce the risk of the fires. It is still extremely acute. Reporter: The flames are also downing miles of power lines and leaving an entire town of 600 people without electricity. All the power and water is off. We heard it's probably going to be up to a month before we can get some electricity back. Reporter: Residents are praying for rain but preparing for more heat and gusty winds today and in this brutal battle between firefighters and mother nature, one fire chief says mother nature is winning, Dan and bianna.

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