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Malden, Pine City fires near containment


Last updated 9/17/2020 at 11:36am

Roger Harnack

Shown on Thursday, Sept. 10, the Pine City grain elevator was reported to be still smoldering on Monday, Sept. 14.


MALDEN -- Access to the towns of Malden and Pine City continues to be restricted as crews continue to mop up Babb Fire hotspots.

The fire grew to 15,266 acres and was 90% contained, according to Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team No. 10, which was managing fire operations until 6 p.m. Monday evening. At least 110 firefighters and 26 engines remained in the area.

Local fire officials have since assumed control of the wildfire the swept across southern Spokane County and northern Whitman County on Monday, Sept. 7, destroying about 80% of the homes in Malden and about 50% in...

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