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A strong reminder from Orondo Fire Chief Jim Oatey, after fire destroyed a roughly 4,000 square foot home late Sunday afternoon. Oatey urges all homeowners to evaluate their home using Firewise criteria limiting burnables in a radius of 30 feet and reduce fuels to 100 feet. This after the home burned due to what investigators are calling a controlled burned that was driven by winds to a series of arborvitaes up a steep hillside and directly onto the large home located just two miles north of Orondo. Chief Oatey says the fire was attacked by 54 firefighters from seven agencies and Waterville Ambulance. Despite the home being a total loss along with one vehicle, there were no injuries in the incident. Fire agencies throughout North Central Washington urge residents to use this time of the year to prepare for the coming wildfire season by creating defensible space for your home, garage, outbuildings and barns. Most fire agencies here in North Central Washington are glad to provide you with a Firewise evaluation of your home.

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