Firefighters continue struggle against Washington's massive Carlton Complex fire

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POSTED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 8:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 8:03am

Firefighters took advantage some wet weather Tuesday to try to gain the upper had on Washington's Carlton Complex fire.

"This is a dirty burn," said firefighter Sean Collins. "It's dry grass, old grass, fresh green grass, and it's not burning completely, which is a hazard.

The area called Black Canyon is center court for the showdown and the attempt to stop the Carlton Complex fire from moving down the hill towards Chelan.

Crews flown in from out of state are tearing up the root system and building a buffer to prevent a spark from spreading.

"If it gets into the roots of the trees, it's still a path to smolder," said Collins.

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