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It's still fire season

Although the area got some badly needed rain last week, local firefighters found out firsthand it wasn’t enough.

Volunteers from the Grand Coulee and Electric City fire departments fought a 100-acre wildfire for four hours along the Columbia River with Douglas County Fire District 3 firefighters Sept. 24.

Crews from Douglas Okanogan Fire Dist. 15, Douglas County #5 and the Bureau of Land Management also sent fire trucks and personnel.

“The fire burnt well considering the rain we received yesterday, but the winds dried out the (grain) and shrubs and pushed the fire along the breaks above the Columbia River,” a post on the Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Department’s Facebook site says.

The cause was under investigation but appeared to be a powerline failure.


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