Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Digest

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Progress made on Washington wildfire

Firefighters were making progress Tuesday 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, which has burned nearly 400 square miles in the north-central part of the state, was 16 percent contained as of Tuesday, fire spokeswoman Jessica Payne said. A day earlier, the fire was just 2 percent contained.

The fire is being blamed for one death. Rob Koczewski, 67, died of an apparent heart attack Saturday while he and his wife were hauling water and digging fire lines near their home. Koczewski was a retired Washington State Patrol trooper and Marine.

The number of homes destroyed in the Carlton Complex fire remained at 150, Payne said. More than 2,100 firefighters and support crew were involved with fighting the fire, she said.

Oregon to vote on recreational marijuana * Oregon voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use after state elections officials on Tuesday said the measure qualified for the November ballot.

The measure would allow adults 21 and older to buy and possess marijuana and would give the Oregon Liquor Control Commission the job of regulating and taxing the drug.

18th-century church destroyed by fire * A 241-year-old church on the National Register of Historic Places has been ravaged by fire in Maryland, authorities say.

Oliver Alkire, senior deputy state fire marshal, said in a news release that the fire was reported at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Hebron just before midday Tuesday. Officials say nearly 100 firefighters from Maryland and Delaware fought the flames. No injuries were reported.

The Rev. Ronald Knapp, St. Paul's pastor, told The Daily Times of Salisbury that the wood-frame building had been in place since 1773.

The Maryland state fire marshal's office said the church is on the National Register of Historic Places. …

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