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Cantwell hears preparation, prevention and backup plans needed to fight wildfire disasters

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WENATCHEE — Local civic, business and law enforcement leaders told Sen. Maria Cantwell on Thursday that developing emergency backup plans for power, communications and evacuations is a top priority before another major disaster — including wildfires — hits the region.

Federal funding would likely be needed to speed along development of those backup plans and other emergency and prevention strategies, they said.

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