Amped atmosphere at Washougal bonfire

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Washougal High School students gather around the fire to celebrate the return of the fall sports season Wednesday, at the former Hambleton Brothers Lumber Mill Property.

A flame that could be seen for miles Wednesday evening signified the beginning of the 2012 fall high school sports season in Washougal.

At 8:30 p.m., members of the Camas-Washougal Fire Department ignited a large pile of kindling at the former Hambleton Brother Lumber Mill property, at Second and “A” streets. Washougal High School athletes, coaches, cheerleaders, students, staff members and parents gathered around the fire to showcase their Panther pride.

“This is all about coming together and recognizing the amazing community we have here,” said WHS Principal Aaron Hansen.

More than 100 people watched the blaze for over an hour. They hugged, laughed, told stories and took pictures.

“This is how Washougal does a bonfire,” said Mayor Sean Guard.

Read more about the bonfire in Tuesday’s print edition of the Post-Record, and check out the photo gallery on the Post-Record’s Facebook page.