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Avista reps discuss wildfire response

County leaders hear areas of concern

DAVENPORT — Increasing wildfire risks year-by-year throughout Eastern Washington have heightened local concern about dangers to property, livestock and livelihoods…particularly following the 2020 Whitney Road Fire in Lincoln County and this year’s Gray Fire in Medical Lake.

Melanie Rose and Jan Hoogstad with Avista paid the Lincoln County Commissioners a visit Monday, Sept. 18 to discuss wildfire concerns and potential steps the company is taking to try and mitigate wildfire starts caused by company power lines.

Rose discussed a 10-year “wildfire resiliency plan” the company has formulated.



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