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Neverending fire season claims buildings near Horsethief Lake


At approximately 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, a fast-moving grass fire was reported near the intersection of Highway 197 and Highway 14 intersection east of Dallesport. The fire quickly grew spreading east towards the Horsethief Lake Campground area. By 7:15 p.m. the fire had burned multiple structures on the south side of Highway 14, west of Horsethief Lake.

The Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office issued a Level 3 mandatory evacuation notice for the area east of Highway 197 to the east end of Horsethief Butte on the south side of Highway 14.

Traffic was directed to use alternate routes due to equipment on the road. Approximately 10 Klickitat County fire departments, Mid-Columbia Fire and...

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