Washington governor says nearly 600,000 acres scorched

MALDEN, Wash. (AP) — Wildfires have scorched nearly 937 square miles in Washington state this week. That’s what Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday as he toured the devastated remains of the town of Malden. That’s more than in any year in the state’s history except for 2015. Inslee says the past three days have been  “the worst few days in wildfire history for Washington state.″ Inslee says the state is already responding to the losses in Malden, which had around 200 residents, and nearby Pine City, which was even smaller. Inslee repeated that this week’s swarm of wildfires is the result of climate change, which he called “fundamental forces making fires so cataclysmic.″