On July 17, 2014, 102 uncontrolled fires were burning in British Columbia, along with 13 more in Alberta. Across the border, 33 uncontrolled fires were active in Washington and Oregon.
In Washington, the Carlton Complex of fires had burned nearly 400 square miles and was 16 percent contained as of July 22, according to fire spokeswoman Jessica Payne. On July 21, the fire was just 2 percent contained. Payne said the number of homes destroyed was 150, and more than 2,100 firefighters and support crew are involved with fighting the fire. The fire is being blamed for one death, a 67-year-old male who died of an apparent heart attack as he and his wife were preparing for the fire near their home.
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