Whipped by high winds, wildfires in central Washington state have scorched some 28,000 acres and destroyed at least 60 homes.
As of late Tuesday night, one of those structures was the home of Elaine Burt.
CNN says 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.
Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire declared Kittitas and Yakima counties to be in states of emergency Wednesday.