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Quick dollars for wildfire suppression critical to containment, committee hears

OLYMPIA-When a fire broke out in Asotin County last summer, Noel Hardin said a delay in state resources led to a bigger, more costly blaze.

The fire chief for District 1 in the county says that by the time the fire was contained it cost $2 million to fight, but could have been much cheaper with faster support from the state.

"The helicopter bill at that time would've been somewhere between three a...


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