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Colockum Tarps Fire Caused by Cherry Grower's Irrigation Pump

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Investigators say faulty electrical wiring in a cherry grower's irrigation pump house sparked the Colockum Tarps wildfire this summer. Investigators say faulty electrical wiring in a cherry grower's irrigation pump house sparked the Colockum Tarps wildfire this summer.

WENATCHEE, WA - Investigators say faulty electrical wiring in a cherry grower's irrigation pump house sparked the Colockum Tarps wildfire this summer. 

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources says the fire in  Kittitas and Chelan Counties covered about 66 square miles or more than 80-thousand acres. 

The wildfire, which began July 27th, destroyed four homes and several outbuildings, and forced dozens of people to evacuate their homes.

The state says it will seek to recover the $11 million it took to cover firefighting costs. 

The DNR says the irrigation system is owned by a longtime local orchardist.

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