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Wind-driven fire leads to temporary evacuations

Shortly after noon on Sunday, a fast-moving grass fire was reported in the area of Oak Creek Road in the Dallesport area. The fire quickly grew and spread east toward the town of Wishram.

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White Salmon seeking solution to ADU billing snafu

The White Salmon City Council is awaiting guidance from the city’s Operations Committee regarding the definition of an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) and how, or if, the city should be billing these additional residential units for water and sewer services.

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Mt. Adams region has long history of wildfire

The Cougar Creek Fire Complex isn’t the first fire to sweep across the forests surrounding Mt. Adams. The Yakama Nation Reservation, Mt. Adams Wilderness, and Gifford Pinchot National Forest have all seen their share of wildfires over the past few decades, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t still concern over the burn that’s now engulfed more than 53,000 acres.

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Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 5: An Interview with Incident Commander Dave Leitch

Monday, Aug. 31, saw the turnover of Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 5 (WAIIMT5) to Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team 3 (SCIIMT3). WAIIMT5 had been managing the Cougar Creek Fire since Aug. 12. A lightning strike on Aug. 10 sparked the fire.

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2015 General Election will feature Klickitat County’s second three-way runoff

A number of candidates stepped forward to file for vacant non-partisan offices during Klickitat County’s special 3-day filing period Aug. 5-7, including three who filed for Lyle School Board Position No. 1.

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Logging industry shut down due to wildfire danger

The state Department of Natural Resources shut down Klickitat County’s logging industry last Wednesday, Aug. 19, in response to the extreme wildfire conditions that exist throughout the county.

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WS considering other water supply sources after grant request rejection

White Salmon administrators are regrouping after a federal agency turned down its request for a $500,000 grant to help cover the cost of restoring Jewett Springs as a supply source for the city’s sprawling regional water system.

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School district concerned about county road project’s impact on school traffic

White Salmon Valley School District officials are concerned about the impacts Klickitat County’s Snowden-Loop Roads intersection project that’s scheduled to start next Monday, Aug. 31, the day before local schools open for the 2015-16 school year.

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No parking in Bingen along SR 14 from 8 p.m. on Aug. 31 to morning of Sept. 1

State Route 14 through Bingen will be closed to on-street parking starting at 8 p.m. next Monday, Aug. 31, until 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, due to highway paving.

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Crews making steady progress on Cougar Creek Fire

At roughly 22,600 acres, the 10-day-old Cougar Creek Fire burning six miles northwest of Glenwood, in southwestern Yakima County, is now the sixth-largest active wildfire going in the state.

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SR 14 paving and chip sealing coming to Bingen and beyond

Following is an update of planned road work in the Bingen area, from the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Columbia Gorge Office: State Route 14, 6th Street to Bingen Paving and Chip Sealing — mileposts: 63.45 to 67.10.

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Firefighters hope for drop in human-caused fires

Five uncontained large fires in Washington, along with numerous smaller fires, mean firefighting resources are stretched thin across the state, according to wildfire experts at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

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KPUD restructuring its debt, offering to reissue $80.3 million in bonds

PUD No. 1 of Klickitat County (KPUD) planned to restructure $80.3 million in bonded indebtedness this week through the issuance of electric system revenue and refunding bonds on Wall Street.

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Firefighters contain Hwy. 8 Fire on Monday; cause unknown

At approximately 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, a fast moving grass fire was reported in the area of State Route 14 and Old Highway 8 in southeast Klickitat County. The fire quickly grew spreading east towards the town of Roosevelt. As of 5 p.m. the fire had burned between mile marker 127 and 130 on SR 14.

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Officers take dive training

Every year, the Skamania County Sheriff’s office dive team responds to numerous vehicles submerged in water. The vehicles end up underwater from collisions, stolen vehicles, insurance frauds, and persons intentionally trying to conceal various crime scenes.

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