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Cost of Washington wildfires so far: $50 million

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 SEATTLE (AP) - The cost of fighting this season's wildfires in Washington, including the largest one in the state's history, has crossed the $50 million mark.
    
Bolstered by the nearly 400-square-mile wildfire in north-central Washington, this year's wildfire season has been widespread, with dozens of fires burning at the same time.
    
So far, estimates put the cost of fire suppression at just over $50 million. Nearly half of that cost comes from the Carlton complex fire in north-central Washington with a tally of $23.3 million. The next-biggest cost is the Chiwaukum fire in central Washington.
    
The Carlton fire continues to burn in rising temperatures, but no major flare-ups have been reported.
    
Incident spokesman Alan Hoffmeister says a planned burnout near Winthrop was scrapped because the weather was not ideal.

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