tens of thousands of acres, swallowing neighborhoods, destroying lives. john pulcifer took us by boat, the only way into the dream home he built 31 years ago.
of acres, swallowing neighborhoods, destroying lives. john pulcifer took us by boat, the only way into the dream home he built 31 years ago. in hours, it was gone. >> all the neighbors pulled together. we all are determined that we will make it through. >> reporter: all that's left in this neighborhood, brick and ash. bruce burns raised three boys here. now, there's nothing left. >> it's coming down in pure flames. so it's like a flamethrower coming through this. and it just took down every one of the structures. >> reporter: in washington state alone, nearly 3,000 forced to flee the flames. but not everyone escaped alive. lyle lost his father, who died of a heart attack as he scrambled to free. >> i loved him. he loved me. good man. >> reporter: across the west, nearly 100 uncontrolled wildfires are exploding out of control. they're not just dropping retardant from the air. the smoke jumpers are here now, too, parachuting directly into hot spots to battle the blaze. in chelan, this tourist-dependent community is in shambles. businesses and homes gone too. >> lived here 33 years.
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