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After The Fire, Landslides Near Twisp

The boot of a rancher as he surveys the damage near Twisp, Wash.
Anna King
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The boot of a rancher as he surveys the damage near Twisp, Wash.

Heavy rains near Twisp, Washingon, have triggered flash floods and landslides on hills and ranches left charred by the Carlton Complex wildfire. Highways have been closed in Okanogan County and traffic has been rerouted.

The boot of a rancher as he surveys the damage near Twisp, Wash.
Credit Anna King
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The boot of a rancher as he surveys the damage near Twisp, Wash.

Many people near Twisp have already lost homes, businesses, barns and livestock. A calf that had been burned in the wildfire is now feared lost in a flash flood. 

Canyons are entirely stripped of vegetation.

Multiple mudslides were blocking roads Thursday night and forcing residents from their homes. People near Twisp are trading information about slides and streams from canyon to canyon by Twitter, Facebook and cell phone.

Copyright 2014 Northwest News Network

Anna King calls Richland, Washington home and loves unearthing great stories about people in the Northwest. She reports for the Northwest News Network from a studio at Washington State University, Tri-Cities. She covers the Mid-Columbia region, from nuclear reactors to Mexican rodeos.