Crews make gains on massive Washington wildfire

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Firefighters are making progress in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control, with wetter weather bringing some relief but also raising concerns about flash flooding.

The Carlton Complex of fires has has burned nearly 400 square miles in the north-central part of the state. Fire spokeswoman Jessica Payne said it was 16 percent contained as of Tuesday.

Firefighters and local authorities have been heartened by forecasts that call for cooler temperatures and higher humidity. But even though wetter weather has moved in, they worry that lightning strikes could ignite more fires.

Rain also brings worries about the potential for flash flooding because so much ground vegetation has been burned away.

The National Weather Service issued a flood watch from Wednesday morning through Wednesday evening due to expected heavy rainfall.

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