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Douglas County Fire District No. 2 Fire Marshal Kurt Blanchard talks with KOHO Morning Show host Chris Hansen about the outlook for the 2020 wildfire season and what locals officials are doing to prepare for issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Late October has been a busy week for firefighters in Chelan, Douglas and Grant Counties. A three-alarm brush fire in Douglas County burned just over 800 acres of grassland on Tuesday, several miles west of Crescent Bar in the vicinity of Trinidad, near the Grant County Border. The Milepost 20 fire burned in brush and…

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Rural fire districts are typically the first to respond to wildfires in their coverage area. Legislation enacted two years ago seeks to enhance their firefighting efforts with surplus equipment from the state’s largest firefighting force. Marcus Bellissimo reports one such backcountry engine is coming to Chelan County District #9.

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Prescribed burning can reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfires that can destroy communities and wildlife habitat. It’s not a question of whether we’ll have wildfires, but when. So state and federal agencies are planning prescribed burns this fall, but one state department says some Chelan County burns will have to wait until next year, as…

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