Jul 25, 2014 7:35 PM by NBC News
The largest wildfire in Washington state history has claimed many more homes than previously estimated, with the toll now "in excess of 250 homes," according to Chief Deputy David Rodriguez of the Okanogan County Sheriff's Office.
That number is expected to grow as more families return to their homes to check for damage in coming weeks.
Additionally, the county government will lead a parcel-by-parcel search to determine fire damage, Rodriguez said.
The fire, which caused at least one death, continues to burn and has now charred a quarter-million acres -- an area roughly one-third the size of Rhode Island.
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