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Carlton fire victims file claims
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Carlton fire victims file claims
Landowners who lost homes and property last summer in Washington's largest wildfire have filed claims against the state alleging negligence.

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Idaho

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Carlton fire victims file claims
Landowners who lost homes and property last summer in Washington's largest wildfire have filed claims against the state alleging negligence.
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