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Fire Changes Being Made in Columbia County

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DAYTON, Wash.- It's been nine months since the Columbia Complex fire.

Changes are now being made in the way future fires will be fought.

In the heat of battle last summer there was a lot of controversy over who was fighting the fire and how to fight it.

Because of that Columbia County has created a new committee where the public can voice their concerns and firefighters can get together with the agencies who oversee large wildfires and talk about new ways to work together.

"What we do is as an initial attack department is different than what DNR or the U.S. Forest service would do. We go in and we put the fire out. Their philosophy is make it black so there's nothing to burn again, and that was different for our citizens here. They've never seen that," said Kris Darby, Deputy Chief at Columbia County Fire District #3. 

The Department says since the fire, they've gotten more local input and support than ever.

All the extra work is designed at preventing anymore fires from growing like this one did last summer.