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County one of several landslide danger zones


Washington Department of Natural Resources

FROM FIRE TO LANDSLIDES: Klickitat County, shown above in red with several other Washington counties, is considered a high landslide danger zone because of fires this summer and rain this fall.

The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) warns that almost half the state-including Klickitat County-runs high risks of landslides.

Washington is one of the most landslide-prone states in the country, with hundreds to thousands of events each year, DNR reports. The direct cost of landslide damage includes the repair of roads and property. Indirect costs, such as loss of property value and tax revenue, and environmental effects, such as the degradation of water quality, can exceed direct costs. The Washington Department of Transportation routinely budgets $15 million a year for cleanup of landslides on highways.

Because of a severe fire season combined with heavy recent rains,...

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