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Monday, July 21, 2014

More Than 20 Major Wildfires Burning In Oregon And Washington

A DC-10 air tanker pulls up after dropping fire retardant over a wildfire Saturday, July 19, 2014, near Carlton, Wash. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

A DC-10 air tanker pulls up after dropping fire retardant over a wildfire Saturday, July 19, 2014, near Carlton, Wash. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

Nearly a million acres are burning across Oregon and Washington, in more than 20 major wildfires. Thousands of firefighters are working to contain them and the military is now sending in air tankers to help.

So far, at least 150 structures have burned in Washington, and one man has died trying to protect his home. Sheriff Frank Rogers in Okanogan County in north-central Washington says he’s never seen anything like this in 30 years.

Courtney Flatt, a reporter with Northwest Public Radio, is in Okanogan and she joins Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti with details.

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