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Rain causing pole fires and outages

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Emergency crews are responding to numerous pole fires in the Spokane area. Avista officials say a combination of dust buildup on electrical conductors and moisture from today's rainfall sparked the fires.

700 customers in the Colville area are without power. 76 customers in Spokane are without power and several customers in North Idaho are also without power.

Avista wants to remind people if they see a downed line, assume it's energized, report it and stay away.

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