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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.

“Great work has been done here to defend property and lives against wildfires,” said Mike Dingle, director of…

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