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Malden: One Year Later


Tree on power line likely cause of fire that destroyed Malden, Pine City

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 2, 2021

A tree that made contact with an Avista Utilities power line on the southern edge of Spokane County appears to have started the Babb Road Fire, which raced through nearly 15 miles of dry brush and timber during an intense Sept. 7 windstorm, destroying the vast majority of homes in Malden and Pine City.

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