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By John McCallum
Managing Editor 

Fire provides opportunity to aid motorists

Not everyone is happy with Spokane County decision to remove healthy trees along with damaged ones at Badger Lake


Last updated 10/8/2020 at 1:46pm

Drew Lawson

Spokane County road crews marked trees in the Badger Lake fire zone for removal – including a number that appeared healthy and undamaged by the flames that swept through the area in August.

CHENEY – The August fire that roared through the Williams and Badger lakes area left a scorched wasteland in its wake, consuming about 90 percent of the vegetation in its path including a large number of trees.

That number was added to by a Spokane County decision to take advantage of a recent clearing operation and remove additional apparently healthy trees - a decision leaving at least one Badger Lake family perplexed and a bit frustrated.

Paul and Jennifer Mitchell - who lost an outbuilding in the fire - received a letter from the county Public Works Department mailed Sept. 16 notifyin...

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