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Remembering the nightmare

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PATEROS — July 17: To say it was a tough day in the battle against the Carlton Complex fires is an understatement.

Witness after witness said the speed of this wildfire — traveling the length of a football field every minute — was indescribable.

What started as four small spot fires grew into one to become the largest fire in Washington’s history. And most of that happened between 3 p.m. and midnight on July 17, when the blaze more than…

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