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Wildfire blackens Washington Flats


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A 385-acre wildfire burned on Washington Flats across the Columbia River from the Seaton's Grove area near Elmer City last week, and was handled by crews from the Department of Natural Resources and the Bureau of Land Management, as well as local firefighters.

The fire, first reported at about 2 p.m. on July 11, had helicopters scooping water from the river to dump on the fire, as well as four single-engine air tankers and one air-attack aircraft.

People watched the action from the parking areas on the Lower River Road across the river from the fire.

The DNR website reported a total of 9...

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