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By Jim Fisher
For The Sentinel 

Fairground confusion leads to wondering


The ongoing fire that started near mile marker 28 last Wednesday may seem like déjà vu to many residents of the Goldendale area, especially those affected by its smaller neighbor from a few years back, the 2011 Monastery Complex Fire. Many of the evacuees from that fire, which destroyed 29 homes before it was finally extinguished, found themselves once again playing triage with treasured belongings and scrambling to move pets and livestock out of the path of flames.

In the first weeks of September 2011, Klickitat County Fairgrounds was a beehive of fire related activity. Fire Command set up shop there, fire crews camped all around, and the Red Cross opened a shelter for evacuees beneath...

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