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By Beka Compton
The Times 

Wind, dust, and devastation

A historic wind event blew through across the state on Labor Day, sparking more than a dozen new wildfires


September 10, 2020

Lane Gwinn

Dust and wind shutdown outdoor cafe seating in Downtown Waitsburg Monday morning.

A devastating wind event swept through Washington on September 7, Labor Day. Weather experts said that a strong cold front moved down from Canada, creating wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour in some areas.

In Whitman County, the town of Malden was consumed by one of three wildfires. Whitman County Sheriff Brett Meyers estimated that nearly 80 percent of the town was lost to a fast-moving fire that started near Babb Road in Spokane County, leaving many of the 200 residents without homes. Homes in nearby Pine City were also damaged, according to Whitman County Sheriff.

"The scale of this dis...

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