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The South Touchet home of Randy and Debbie Lewis is a defensible space, Columbia County Fire District 3 Chief Rick Turner said during a tour Tuesday. Lots of green grass, trees removed from the area surrounding the house, and a composition roof all contribute to the fire resistance of the site.

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Trees continue to pay price for wildfires

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DAYTON -- Dead tops. Random dead branches. Pitch blobs on the bark. Pale needles.Dead trees.Forest pest experts and forest land management specialists recently joined local landowners in a tour of sites where trees are dead or dying.Debbie Fortner of the


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