200-acre Culver-area brushfire destroys 2 vacation homes

A wind-fueled brushfire exploded near Lake Billy Chinook in Cove Palisades State Park Saturday morning and raced east across 200 acres into the Culver area, burning two vacation homes and several outbuldings  About 60 residents were evacuated for hours as crews battled on the ground and from the air to stop the flames.

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Kandra Kent

POSTED: 6:50 PM PDT July 16, 2012    UPDATED: 9:01 AM PDT September 24, 2014 
Kandra Kent

Reporter, NewsChannel 21

In middle school, I realized I wanted a job that would be different each day, where I could continue learning for the rest of my life. One night, while watching KGW's Tracy Barry on the news, everything clicked and a reporter was born. So here I am, starting my career in beautiful Central Oregon in September 2012.

I grew up in Toutle, Washington --the "home" of Mount St. Helens - -and a small town with no traffic lights and a close community.

After high school, I headed south to Vancouver, Wash., where I attended Clark College on a track and field scholarship. After finishing my associates degree, I left my Clark Penguins and became a Cougar.

I graduated from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. I majored in Broadcast News and Political Science. While in school, I was a reporter, producer and anchor at WSU’s very own Cable 8 News. I also was a member of Model United Nations and news editor at The Independent.

After college, I moved to Bend to start my internship at KTVZ. After falling in love with the area, I was fortunate enough to get hired once my internship ended and join the awesome NewsChannel 21 team!

As an outdoor junkie, I couldn’t be happier to work and play in Central Oregon. I love hiking, biking, skiing, soccer and anything in the water.  I’m addicted to Taylor Swift, sour cream and my rain boots. And after a life of rain in Washington, it’s good to call Bend home!

Feel free to follow me on Twitter, @kandrakent and email me at kandra.kent@ktvz.com.

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