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By Reid Thompson
Gazette Reporter 

Rock Lake area fires extinguished

Whitman County Fire District 7 tasked with investigating smoke source


August 18, 2022

Laura Lautenslager - Rosalia Fire Department

A 'super scooper' plane douses the Miller Road Fire with hundreds of gallons drawn directly from Rock Lake.

EWAN - Volunteer firefighters from across the county were pitted against two wildfires this past week, successfully extinguishing both with the help of state fire services.

On Thursday, Aug. 11, volunteers from Rosalia's Whitman County Fire District 7 were tasked with investigating the source of smoke coming from the Hole in the Ground area north of Rock Lake.

At around 2:15 in the afternoon, responders located a growing fire burning in timbered rocky terrain, which Rosalia Fire Chief Laura Lautenslager says made access difficult.

"Quite a few of the areas were only accessible by pas...

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