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Fires spark effort to supply back-to-school backpacks

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PATEROS — They kept coming and coming and coming.

More than 1,200 donated backpacks stuffed with school supplies — enough for every student in Pateros and Brewster schools — streamed from trucks and trailers Saturday in preparation for the two districts’ opening day of school.

The back-to-school backpacks arrived just six weeks after wildfire destroyed 148 homes in the two school districts and left more than $17.2 million in damages. Pateros schools alone suffered $2.25 million in smoke, water and…

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