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Overnight freeze threatens E. Washington orchards

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YAKIMA, WA - Overnight temperatures dropped well below freezing in parts of eastern Washington, threatening budding trees in apple, peach and cherry orchards.

Workers were out early Wednesday at the Rancho El Rosario orchard west of Prosser to protect cherry buds.

A manager says he used 63 bonfires, 280 diesel furnaces and eight wind machines to fight the freeze.

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