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(Photo: Carlton Complex Fire Information)

OKANOGAN COUNTY — The massive Carlton Complex fire has destroyed an estimated 300 homes in north-central Washington, according to the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office.

The 250,514-acre fire was 59% contained on Sunday.

Lightning started the fire on July 14. Nearly 3,000 people are fighting the fire from the ground and the air.

PHOTO GALLERY:  Devastating fire scorches Central Washington

Several days of rain has helped crews start to get the upper hand on the fire.

Now, hot and dry weather is predicted with temperatures reaching the triple-digits next week.

Interactive map

A community meeting is planned for 7:00 p.m. Sunday, July 27 at Brewster High School.

How can you help?

Officials say donations centers are overwhelmed with the amount of materials they’ve received.

Several organizations are accepting cash donations which authorities say is a better way to help.

Cash donations help provide families food, groceries, temporary lodging and other needs.

Here are a few links provided by the Carlton Complex Information Office:

Chiwaukum Complex fire

The Chiwaukum Complex fire in Chelan County has burned 12,320 acres and is 25% contained.

1,067 people are fighting this fire which started on July 15.

Officials say 15 – 25 mph winds are expected with increasingly hot and dry conditions.

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