80% of the buildings in an eastern Washington town were destroyed during a Labor Day firestorm

Fire eats through a building in Malden, Washington, this photo posted by the Whitman County Sheriff's Office shows.

(CNN)A small town in eastern Washington is in ruins after a fast-moving wildfire swept through Monday, and teams are still working to account for all residents, county officials said.

About 80% of the homes and buildings in Malden, about 35 miles south of Spokane, have been completely destroyed, including the fire station, post office, city hall and library, the Whitman County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.
Homes in nearby Pine City were also damaged or destroyed, according to the sheriff's office.
    "The scale of this disaster really can't be expressed in words," Whitman County Sheriff Brett Myers said in a statement. "The fire will be extinguished but a community has been changed for a lifetime. I just hope we don't find the fire took more than homes and buildings. I pray everyone got out in time."
    A fire destroyed 80% of Malden, Washington, the Whitman County Sheriff's Office, which posted this photo, reported.
    More than 75 large wildfires are burning across the United States, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. California has been hit hardest, with entire communities there ordered Monday to evacuate.