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Historic Forest Service building burns

Tue., Aug. 17, 2010, 1:34 p.m.

Entiat District Work Station largely built by Civilian Conservation Corps

The U.S. Forest Service’s historic Steliko warehouse on the Entiat Ranger District was consumed by fire on Monday afternoon, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest officials reported today.

The warehouse was one of 12 structures at the Steliko Work Station, established in 1908. Many of the buildings are constructed of wood and built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

The station, used for staging forest crews, is about 10 miles up the Entiat River Valley north of Wenatchee.

Pack stock and employees were successfully moved without injury and firefighters contained the blaze, forest officials said.

The warehouse included a woodshop, trail and recreation equipment for the ranger district, and historic fire equipment.

Cause of the fire is under investigation.

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