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Columbia County Volunteer Fire Crews in Need of Monetary Donations

DAYTON, Wash.- Local fire agencies were struggling to stay afloat when the 93,000 acre Columbia Complex fire started, but donations have been rolling in lately.

The fire has cost more than $14 million, but that's for the professional crews at the Waitsburg Camp; local volunteers crews have been working day and night, and now they need more money for future supplies.

Officials said they have had too many paper goods donated and are now overloaded, but when professional crews are pulled off the fire, the volunteers will be stretched thin again having to put out hot spots, and they don't get any money from the state to feed themselves while they're on the job.

"The taxing entity is used for equipment and trucks, and those kinds of things. They didn't have the funding for these kinds of other items that were there beyond what they usually have," said Jenny Dickinson, Executive Director of the Dayton Chamber of Commerce. 

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