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Sparks from wheels hitting curb trigger brush fire (Kennewick police)
Sparks from wheels hitting curb trigger brush fire (Kennewick police)
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How Dry Is It? Car Rims Hitting Curb Trigger Sparks, Causing Brush Fire

Most people are probably a little 'tired' of hearing about how high the fire danger is, or how dry conditions are. We live in the Mid-Columbia, hot, torchy weather is a way of life. But we've never seen this happen before, at least not for a LONG time.

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One of at least two Richland dumpster fires due to hot coals (City of Richland)
One of at least two Richland dumpster fires due to hot coals (City of Richland)
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Hot Coals Turn Richland Dumpsters into BIG Barbeques

 

Judging from the picture, the coals can do some serious flaming.

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Escaped Inmates Munter (left) and Petrovskiy (Department of Corrections)
Escaped Inmates Munter (left) and Petrovskiy (Department of Corrections)
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Two Inmates Escape From DOC Firefighting Crew near Goldendale

In our years here at the radio station, we've not heard of this happening recently, if at all. Officials say it's not common.

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Fire danger peaks in Eastern Washington, and forests (Getty Images)
Fire danger peaks in Eastern Washington, and forests (Getty Images)
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Eastern Washington Fire Danger Spikes BIG Time

Not only are authorities keeping a close eye on brush fires and tinder dry lands in our area, but the forests of Eastern Washington just got their fire danger raised big time.

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Glade 3 fire, spectacular night view (KNDU-tv)
Glade 3 fire, spectacular night view (KNDU-tv)
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UPDATE–Major Glade 3 Fire Near Mabton Nearly 100% Contained

According to the Southeast Region containment team Incident Commander, the difficult fire is rapidly being surrounded.

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Man trying to burn out wasp's nest torches own home, total loss (KNDU-KNDO-TV)
Man trying to burn out wasp's nest torches own home, total loss (KNDU-KNDO-TV)
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Man Trying to ‘Burn Out’ Wasp’s Nest Torches Own Home!

According to the investigation by Yakima fire crews and insurance adjusters, the man ended up burning down his home. Wasps 1, man 0.

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One of two cars set on fire in Pasco (Pasco police)
One of two cars set on fire in Pasco (Pasco police)
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Hate Your Neighbor? Set Fire to Their Car? — Make It TWO!

Bad enough when one goes up in flames, but it didn't take investigators long to figure out the two cars which 'went up in flames' across the street from each other were likely arson.

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Bill for Bateman fire rising fast (City of Richland)
Bill for Bateman fire rising fast (City of Richland)
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Bateman Island Fire Bill Approaching $100K

Because the island is within the Richland city limits, the bill for the biggest fire on the island in nearly 20 years will be paid by the city.

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Richland brush fire near 240 (Richland police)
Richland brush fire near 240 (Richland police)
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Dry Hot Weather Triggers Another Big Brush Fire

Richland police assisted the Richland Fire Department Thursday afternoon, on a natural cover (brush) fire off of Highway 240.

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Bateman Island fire started by people, island closed indefinitely (Travis Brett-Newstalk870)
Bateman Island fire started by people, island closed indefinitely (Travis Brett-Newstalk870)
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Bateman Island Fire Likely Started By People, Will Be Closed Indefinitely

The last time Bateman Island burned, the area was largely closed to the public for nearly two more years. That was in 2001. Now, even beyond firefighting efforts, it's likely the same will happen.

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