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By Lou Marzeles

Fire hits home a second time


Andrew Christiansen

Flames engulf a tree near the north edge of the fire.

Smoke wafting over the Simcoes—again.

The sight was foreboding, particularly since much of the area around Goldendale had spent almost two years recuperating from the Monastery Complex Fire. But there it was, a billowing column of pale smoke drifting slowly to the east, last Wednesday, July 24.

We know it now as the Mile Marker 28 fire, a prosaic if specific description of its origin point. First it was referred to loosely as the Satus fire, then the Shinando Creek fire. People who name fires for a living opted for the point on US 97 close to where the fire erupted into a unruly snake of flames that soon led to the closure of that highway, which now is a full week without traffic betwee...

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