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WA Wildfire Victims Blame State For Property Damage

(Okanogan, WA)  --  Landowners in Okanogan County, Washington, who lost their homes during the Carlton Complex wildfire during the summer, are blaming firefighting crews for not doing enough to save the homes.  At a meeting of Okanogan County commissioners, residents blamed Washington State Department of Natural Resources personnel, saying their response to the fire was lax and led to the loss of dozens of homes.  DNR manager Loren Torgerson told Q-13 that conditions involved with what's called the largest wildfire in the state's history were "far and above" what had been seen before and that crews battled the fire courageously.  Last week, tort claims were filed against DNR on behalf of 65 landowners whose property was damaged by the wildfire.

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