OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. – Staff from the Evergreen Rural Water Association of Washington assisted water and wastewater utilities impacted by massive fires in Okanogan County.
The fire is considered the largest in Washington state history, burning an area over four times the size of Seattle, and causing over $11 million in property damage. The fires destroyed 1034 power poles and 216 miles of distribution lines, leaving areas without power for up to nine days.
Mike Pendergraft and Chad Short assisted over 25 small systems that lost power during the fire. They helped put boil water orders into place and provided sampling bottles to help test for water contamination.