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Franz assesses the 2021 wildfire season and the importance of aircraft to firefighting

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WENATCHEE — Reflecting on her fifth wildfire season as Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz says the bottom line is this: 

“I think the fire season itself was a win, even though we had 650,000 acres burn. Given the conditions on the landscape, it could’ve been a lot worse.”

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Hilary Franz

Public Lands Commissioner

Pete O'Cain: (509) 664-7152 or

on Twitter@peterocain

World News Editor

Pete O’Cain is a graduate of Central Washington University and served in the Marines Corps. He previously covered public safety and led The World's wildfire coverage.

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