- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The numerous wildfires big and small burning in Washington state cover about 1,144-square miles of land.

That’s according to the state Department of Natural Resources.

That means an area nearly the size of the state of Rhode Island, which covers 1,200-square miles, was burning in Washington on Wednesday.

The fires are located in many areas of the state, but the majority of the big ones are in northeastern Washington, from Okanogan County east to Pend Oreille County.

The biggest fire is the Okanogan Complex, which at nearly 438 square miles on Wednesday is the largest in state history. Three firefighters have died fighting that blaze.

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