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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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