Winds carry flames across burning hillside

BENTON COUNTY, Wash. -- Swirling winds quickly carried flames across a hillside today, making it difficult for firefighters to put out the blaze.

The fire burned along a hill near Dallas Road in unincorporated Benton County.

Firefighters said the wind definitely made the fire spread more quickly, and could have caused the blaze in the first place.

"We're getting swirling winds, so the direction is changing,” Firefighter Tracy Baker said. “The access point is difficult; you can see up on the ridge the rocky terrain."

And Baker said that rocky terrain also made it difficult to contain the fire. They worked at it for at least three hours, evacuating some nearby homes.

One home did get some fire damage with at least one blown out window.

Fire officials said a residential burn from yesterday may be the culprit here.

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