Brandon Gardner, a firefighter with Snohomish County Fire District 7, pulls a water hose into position while helping prevent a wildfire from spreading to a nearby homeowner’s property near Okanogan in 2015.
Brandon Gardner, a firefighter with Snohomish County Fire District 7, pulls a water hose into position while helping prevent a wildfire from spreading to a nearby homeowner’s property near Okanogan in 2015. Ian Terry The Herald via AP
Brandon Gardner, a firefighter with Snohomish County Fire District 7, pulls a water hose into position while helping prevent a wildfire from spreading to a nearby homeowner’s property near Okanogan in 2015. Ian Terry The Herald via AP

State officials routinely bill people who start wildfires — but they rarely get paid

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