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2018 Wildfire Season

Rain clears smoke … for now

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018, 8:59 p.m.

About a quarter inch of rain fell over much of Eastern Washington and North Idaho Sunday and Monday morning, clearing out smoke and dampening the thirsty landscape.

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