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By Michele Smith
The Times 

Columbia County "Very Unhealthy" on U.S. Air Quality Index

Limit time spent outdoors


September 17, 2020

DAYTON—In the aftermath of the Flood of 2020, and during the COVID-19 shutdown, Columbia County Commissioner Mike Talbott expressed the following sentiment.

“All we need now is a trifecta.”

Talbott was referring to the addition of wildfire to the year’s challenges.

Columbia County witnessed its first fire of the season this month; the Rattlesnake Fire, thirteen miles southeast of Dayton, burned roughly 475 acres in the Umatilla National Forest. Emergency Management Director Ashley Strickland said conditions are just right to make this a prime time for wildfire.

Wildfires cause other...

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