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Fire swept through the town of Pateros on Thursday, leaving its 650 residents to return to large areas of smoldering rubble. ...
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AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYPateros, Washington - 18 July 20141. Wide of railroad tracks with Pateros sign2. SOUNDBITE (English) Sharron Keniston, Pateros resident: "My phone rang and I came out to answer my phone and there were flames coming over the top of the mountain."3. Wide of charred hill.4. Wide of destroyed neighborhood5. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Jay Inslee, Washington State:"We've got a lot of work to do. The one message I hope people understand. This is a very dangerous fire. IT's moving at a pace of a freight train. IF you hear an evacuation order, please heed it. There's not time to fight this fire with garden hoses." 6. Various of fire damage7. SOUNDBITE (English) Sharron Keniston, Pateros resident: "I just thank god. I feel for all the people who lost everything. I have my house. I lost my shed and all my tools and stuff in there, my garden behind it. But I have my life."8. Various of fire damageSTORYLINE:A massive wildfire that has destroyed at least 100 homes forced the residents of a second north-central town in Washington state to leave their homes Friday, and prompted a partial evacuation of a third community in the scenic Methow Valley, authorities said. No injuries have been reported.Fire swept through the town of Pateros on Thursday, leaving its 650 residents to return to large areas of smoldering rubble.Friday's dawn revealed dramatic devastation in Pateros, including solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles. Most residents evacuated in advance of the flames."My phone rang and I came out to answer my phone and there were flames coming over the top of the mountain," Sharron Keniston, a resident of Pateros, said. "I just thank god. I feel for all the people who lost everything. I have my house. I lost my shed and all my tools and stuff in there, my garden behind it. But I have my life."Gov. Jay Inslee said about 50 fires were burning in the state, which has been wracked by hot, dry weather, and gusting winds and lightning. Some 2,000 firefighters were working in the eastern part of the state, with about a dozen helicopters from the Department of Natural Resources and the National Guard, along with a Washington State Patrol spotter plane.