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Volunteer firefighters step up in heat of the moment

Benton County Fire District leaders say this is their busiest time of the year, so when we have large fires like this, resources are spread thin.

BENTON COUNTY, Wash. -- With summer temperatures blazing hot, our local firefighters are working hard to put out fires and keep us safe.

Benton County Fire District leaders say this is their busiest time of the year, so when the area has large wildfires, resources are spread thin. They rely on volunteer firefighters to step up and serve the community, especially going on multiple fire calls a day.

The reality is, the majority of men and women fighting these fires are volunteer firefighters.

"I really want to highlight the time they take out of their day away from their family and the hard work that they put in on these fires," said Tracy Baker of Benton County Fire District 1. "The county relies on all the resources from the other districts and from the other fire departments. "

Officials also want to remind you that we're still under a burning ban and in the red zone for a blaze to break out. With winds rolling in, it's important to keep your yards and gutters clear of brush.

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