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Colville Reservation Struggles Back From Worst Wildfires in Recorded History


Sacred sites, homes, wildlife and timber were just a few of the casualties of summer 2015, which produced the largest fires in recorded history on the Colville Reservation in Washington State.

“Many families have gathered in specific places for generations,” said Cody Desautel, natural resource director on the Colville Reservation. “Many of those areas are now lost.”

He spoke of the loss of cultural plants and traditional gathering places related to the fire, saying it is hard to put a dollar amount on the damage. The fires were among several that ravaged the Northwest over the summer, including tribal lands.



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