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Controlled burn goes wild


COLFAX – Colfax Fire and Police responded June 2 to a report of a wildland fire past the city's sewer treatment plant.

According to Fire Chief Craig Corbeill, a pile of brush being burned by the city public works department got away while burning a pile of juniper. The fire spread up hill, burning approximately one acre.

Whitman Fire District 11 responded from Colfax, Diamond, Steptoe and Albion. The 13 firefighters attacked the fires from the city access road and above via the Harris Ranch on Green Hollow Road. One small, unused structure was also burned.

Firefighters were on scene un...

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