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From left, Brett Thomas, U.S. Forest Service fire management officer talks about the Indian Ridge thinning project with Rocky Eastman, chief of Fire District 4 and Nick Plucker, Walla Walla County Emergency Management. The project is intended to help protect the Mill Creek Watershed, which provides the city of Walla Walla with nearly all of its fresh water. (April 9, 2010)

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Officials urge fire defense preparations

Fire officials, who have been thinning fuel in the Mill Creek Watershed, hope homeowners will take the same steps ahead of fire season.

INDIAN RIDGE -- Although wildfire season is still months away, fire officials are urging rural homeowners to start thinking about how to defend their homes."It doesn't take a lot of work, just little things," such as removing combustible materials like pi


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