Major wildfires in Washington since 1990
A list of some of the state’s most destructive wildfires since 1990.
Taylor Bridge fire: Kittitas County, August 2012
At least 170 structures were lost, including 61 homes. Sparks from construction work on a bridge ignited dry bush below and erupted into the Taylor Bridge Fire, which destroyed more than 60 homes and scorched 36 square miles.
Monastery Complex fire: Goldendale, Klickitat County, September 2011
The blaze charred more than 5,300 acres across more than six square miles, about 20 miles north of the Columbia River northeast of Goldendale. More than 100 structures burned, 29 homes were destroyed.
School fire: Columbia and Garfield counties, August 2005
The wildfire burned nearly 52,000 acres of terrain in central Columbia and Garfield counties in the Blue Mountains. More than 100 homes and another 100 outbuildings were destroyed. The fire was traced to a dead pine tree falling over power lines, causing the lines to arc and send sparks to the ground, which ignited dry grass.
Thirtymile fire: Okanogan County, July 2001
On July 10, 2001, four U.S. Forest Service firefighters died while battling the Thirty Mile Fire in Okanogan County. The four were part of a 21-member fire crew that was caught in a valley in the middle of the blaze. Six others were injured, including two hikers. The 9,300 acre fire was ignited by a camper’s fire 30 miles north of Winthrop in Okanogan National Forest in the Chewuch River Valley.
Tyee Creek fire: Wenatchee, July 1994
On July 24, 1994, lightning ignited a forest fire in the Wenatchee National Forest at Tyee Creek north of Wenatchee. It burned 187,000 acres over 33 days before it was contained. The fire destroyed 37 homes and cabins.
Spokane firestorm: Spokane County, October 1991
Spokane wildfires killed two people and destroyed 114 homes. The fires burned for six days before they were contained.
Compiled by Seattle Times news researcher Miyoko Wolf