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Plan to move Larch Corrections Center firefighters to Longview on hold

Decision will leave Southwest Washington without a nearby inmate fire crew

By Jessica Prokop, Columbian Local News Editor
Published: September 28, 2023, 7:40pm
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The Washington Department of Corrections says it will hold off on moving Larch Corrections Center firefighters to a reentry center in Longview when the minimum-security prison is set to close next month, leaving Southwest Washington without a nearby inmate firefighting crew.

The Larch facility near Yacolt, in partnership with the Washington Department of Natural Resources, has trained crews used in fighting wildfires across the state for more than six decades.

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