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Authorities: bad fire could have been worse


A photo of the burned area in Elmer City, taken from an unmanned aerial vehicle the next morning by Maurice Goodall of the Okanogan County Emergency Management.

A fire that destroyed four homes in Elmer City last week left the fire chief thankful for his neighbors, who he said likely prevented a larger catastrophe.

Okanogan Fire District 2 Chief Dave Finch said some 41 firefighters from every local department were in Elmer City Tuesday night to fight the fire that started about 6 p.m. in high winds in the Grand View Trailer Park just below SR-155.

The first trucks had just arrived on scene when the wind blew the fire across the highway, he said.

Finch said he wasn't completely sure of the number of homes gone in the trailer park because he hasn't l...

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