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Wildfires Hit Northwest Tribal Lands Particularly Hard


This wildfire season in the Pacific Northwest has hit tribal lands especially hard. And when it comes to fighting fires, the focus is mostly on saving property, which has left some tribal members wondering why protecting property, like farms and even second homes, comes before saving tribal forests. That's where Northwest Public Radio's Rowan Moore Gerety begins his story.

ROWAN MOORE GERETY, BYLINE: Several inches of ash blanket the ground where a wildfire recently passed through a north central Washington pine forest on the Colville Reservation. Most of the trees have scorched trunks and dull, brown needles, but some could still bounce back.


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