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December 23, 2013 at 9:08 PM

80,000-acre fire in July blamed on wiring of orchardist’s pump

By Christine Pratt / The Wenatchee World

KITTITAS COUNTY — Bad electrical wiring that powered an orchardist’s irrigation pump caused last summer’s Colockum Tarps Fire, which burned 80,000 acres, destroyed four homes and many outbuildings and caused dozens to flee their properties, the state says.

Longtime Colockum orchardist William Scroggie owned the improperly wired pump, which he used to irrigate his cherry orchard, the state Department of Natural Resources concluded in a report released Monday.

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