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After fire: Business survey says wages, sales, profits up in smoke

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OKANOGAN COUNTY — Power out, phones dead, Internet down, roads and rail line closed.

The lifelines of business suffered severely from the raging wildfire here in July, says a post-fire survey on the disaster’s impact to local enterprises. And merchandise, employees, sales and profits suffered along with them.

“People look at the horrible devastation — burned houses, burned hillsides — and don’t even consider the damage done to businesses that couldn’t operate for days and weeks at a time,” said…

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