August 15th, 2012
03:49 AM ET

Heartbreaking losses as Western wildfires rage

Whipped by high winds, wildfires in central Washington state have scorched some 28,000 acres and destroyed at least 60 homes, fire officialssaid late Tuesday.

One of those structures was the home of Elaine Burt.

After she left her home near Ellensburg she received terrible news from a neighbor; she'd lost more than a home, all her dogs had died, too,CNN affiliate KING-TV reported.

"They're all dead, and my house is gone," she said as her neighbor phoned her with an update. "Those poor little doggies."

Burt's chihuahuas were on the porch when the flames of the fast-moving fire came.

More than 800 firefighters are expected to be on the scene by Wednesday, KING reported. The blaze is 10% contained, according to incident commander Rex Reed.


Filed under: U.S. • Weather
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  1. Sinfully Yours

    "They're all gone," Kirk said as his doctor phoned him with an update. "Those...poor...little doggies."

    "D@mnit Jim, I'm a doctor, not a vet!"

    August 15, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    We have friends in Cle Elum. I worry for them. My thoughts are with everyone within range of these fires.

    August 15, 2012 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Nicely put, raven.
      I agree.
      May there be no further loss of life, (any life), and may they contain this asap!

      August 15, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. raven

    And Kourtney Kardashian named that poor kid Penelope? Yeeegh. Why,Kourtney,why?After years of therapy,I'm only just now coming to grips with the trauma of bearing a repulsive MIDDLE name.

    August 15, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bytor the Snowdog

    Terrible, these fires. And what a lovely part of WA. So lush and green, but still merely firewood now. I hope the have some C-130s to help put the fire out.
    gm @raven. Yer a morning person now? 🙂 And, Kardashian with your coffee?

    August 15, 2012 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. Spot of Joy

    I pray they contain these fires quickly.

    August 15, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Terrible. Hope and pray these fires are contained.

    August 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |