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More response coming in for 750-acre fire burning south of Kennewick

Benton County Fire District 1

BENTON COUNTY, Wash. - [Update, 5:30 p.m.] Firefighters have called for additional resources as efforts to contain a wildfire burning 17 miles south of Kennewick have not held up.

Fire officials say the Easterday Fire has burned 750 acres at Nine Canyon near S. Finley Road. State fire assistance has been approved to respond and air resources have arrived to the fire.

According to reports, the fire started around 7:45, Friday morning.

Firefighters previously said the blaze was expected to burn 350 acres.

Minor burns and smoke inhalation have been reported but firefighters say no medical transport was needed.

Fire officials said no buildings are currently threatened, but flames are threatening crops and some railroad tracks in the area.

At this time, emergency officials say no one needs to evacuate their homes.

Fire officials are investigating to determine a cause.

--End of update--

Firefighters say a fire that has blackened 200 acres Friday morning is now 30 percent contained as of 1:30 p.m.

Fire crews with Benton County Fire District #1 said they are fighting a fire at Switzler Canyon indirectly due to inaccessible terrain.

A dozer is at the site putting in a dozer line to keep the fire from spreading.

Fire officials say no one has been injured and flames are not threatening any buildings.

Flames in this fire are expected to reach 350 acres once burnout operations are complete.

Personnel with BSFD 2, 4, Franklin Fire District 3, and the Kennewick, Pasco and Richland Fire departments have helped in responding to this fire.


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