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Wind Hinders Fight Against Columbia County Complex Fire

DAYTON, Wash.- High winds and low humidity are slowing firefighter progress against the Columbia County Complex fire near Dayton.

The first fires in the Columbia Complex started more than a week ago.

The fire is still 20 percent contained, but firefighters are afraid it will continue to grow as high winds pound the area.

A helicopter was dropping retardant on the Eastern edge of the fire Tuesday, as crews worked to slow the 67,000 acre blaze that's now met the edge of last year's School Fire.

Heather Cole, a representative with the state Department of Natural Resources, said crews are still happy with the progress.

Now the nation's number one firefighting priority, it's still only destroyed one home, and a cabin, and people are happy losses have been that minimal.

Longtime Dayton resident Keith Wilber said crews have done a good job of protecting homes.

More than 1,200 personnel are now on the ground to fight the fire, many of whom fear that conditions will spur more growth.

If the wind continues to blow, the fire could blow around to the opposite side of already built firelines, essentially undoing all the work that's been done.

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