The Odessa Record -

By Roger Harnack
Whitman County Gazette 

75% of Malden buildings destroyed

Wildfire races through northern Whitman County


Last updated 9/11/2020 at 2pm

Roger Harnack | Whitman County Gazette

Fuel oil continues to burn after a wildfire swept through Pine City on Monday, Sept. 7.

MALDEN - High winds and dry weather conditions propelled a wall of flames southwest across rural Spokane and Whitman counties Monday, leveling homes, businesses and government offices.

Approximately 75 percent of structures in Malden burned to the ground, including City Hall, the post office, a gas station and a historic church.

Burned out cars were visible throughout town adjacent to what was left of homes and garages.

Local ranchers and residents manned hoses and buckets of water to try to keep flames at bay as they returned to their homes late Monday evening.

Dubbed the Babbs Fire, the c...

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