- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

CHELAN, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee is heading to the fire lines to thank crews battling the huge blazes that have burned in Washington state this year.

Speaking in Chelan Thursday before travelling to meet firefighters, Inslee said the crews from Washington, other states and abroad are “exhausted” but “so committed” to the work they are doing.

Major General Bret Daugherty, who commands the Washington National Guard, was travelling with Inslee. He said as of this week there were about 1,000 guard troops helping firefighting efforts, including 200 people on the fire lines. Daugherty says authorities hope better weather will aid efforts.

The numerous wildfires burning in Washington state cover about 1,144-square miles of land - an area nearly the size of Rhode Island.

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