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Morning Press: Nakia Creek Fire; shooting victim; speed humps at the waterfront

By , Columbian Web Editor

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Here are some of the stories that were popular this week with Columbian readers:

Safety first on front lines of Nakia Creek Fire

NEAR LARCH MOUNTAIN — Through a thin but pervasive layer of smoke, Tyler Arbogast, division supervisor for the Oregon Department of Forestry, watches seven firefighters mop up the edge of the Nakia Creek Fire.

All are young, no older than 35, clad in yellow and green PPE. Some are armed with fire axes while others maneuver a hose, soaking the charred logs. They are a few of the more than 500 personnel assigned to this fire burning in the Yacolt Burn State Forest.

Speed ‘humps’ installed at The Waterfront Vancouver to curb racing, other dangerous activity

Nearly every night at around 10 p.m., Kyree Amusa, who works at The Yard Milkshake Bar, sees cars racing down The Waterfront Vancouver’s road, sometimes traveling around 60 mph.

“We’ll just see tons of them every single night,” he said.

Vancouver man identified as victim in fatal Portland shooting

A man who was fatally wounded in a Sept. 30 shooting in Portland’s Hazelwood neighborhood was identified Tuesday as 35-year-old Dusty Baker of Vancouver.

Portland police announced Oct. 1 that Baker had succumbed to his injuries at a hospital. The medical examiner’s office confirmed the manner and cause of death to be homicide by gunshot wound. Baker’s family has been notified of his death, according to a news release from the Portland Police Bureau.

Officials: Childhood vaccine rate down in Clark County, state

Routine childhood vaccination rates have declined since 2019, causing some concern among local health care authorities.

“Vaccine administration in 0- to 18-year-olds remains below pre-pandemic levels, and efforts should focus on promoting routine vaccinations for all children and adolescents,” the Washington State Department of Health wrote in a report released in May.