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#KHQCarlton PHOTOS: One year after the Carlton Complex Fire

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The Pateros sign in 2014 during the Carlton Complex Fire, and the new temporary sign in 2015 The Pateros sign in 2014 during the Carlton Complex Fire, and the new temporary sign in 2015
PATEROS, Wash. -

It was the largest wildfire in the recorded history of Washington State. 

The Carlton Complex Fire started as four separate lightning-caused fires on July 14, 2014 in the Methow River valley. Three days later, the four fires merged and grew fast. The devastation was quick. Soon the glow of the massive fire began to crest atop the hillside above the city of Pateros. As the fire raced down to the town, evacuations were issued and residents began to flee. The fire came roaring through Pateros, consuming home after home. 

KHQ crews were in the area witnessing the destruction first hand, alongside residents watching their homes burn. The region watched during our Saturday morning show as firefighters tried to save a home burning on live TV. 

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When it was all said and done, the Carlton Complex fire destroyed around 300 homes while burning 256,000 acres of land. 

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The region came together to help in any way they could. Through donations to the Red Cross, and our "Q6 Cares, Inland Northwest Shares" drive, money, food, clothing and furniture were donated to the victims to help. But even with the massive amount of donations coming in, a year later, the rebuilding continues. 

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Homes remain in rubble. HIllsides remain scarred. Some residents are still living in mobile homes. There is a long way to go, and on the one year anniversary, KHQ returned to the area to get an update on the rebuilding of a region. Check out some of the pictures from the days of the fire last year, and how they look one year later in 2015. 

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