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Orchardist’s faulty pump wiring caused Colockum Tarps Fire

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Clarification: The address of a 2007 fire that the DNR's report links to William Scroggie is actually across the street from Scroggie's orchard property, where the fire ocurred. The address was used by dispatchers to guide fire crews.

COLOCKUM — 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.

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