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Fire season looms amid new challenges


Last updated 4/5/2020 at 9:50am

Roger Harnack

A state Department of Natural Resources wildland fireman walks along the edge of a brush fire last August off state Highway 231, north of Reardan near Ford.

Brandon Hansen

Chewelah Independent

CHEWELAH - With fire season quickly approaching, firefighters now must address a new challenge: how to deal with wildfires during a pandemic.

The issue for firefighters is that they'll be squeezed from two fronts: Close living and working conditions in fire camps would allow the virus to spread, and if firefighters are quarantined, they

wouldn't be able to respond to emergency calls.

"Firefighter camps are notorious for 'camp crud,' a generic term for general illnesses of a wide variety," Stevens County Fire District No. 1Fire Chief Mike Bucy said. "Fire...

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