Tossed Cigarette Triggers Columbia Park Fire
Kennewick fire crews responded to Columbia Park just off the Edison exit Sunday evening, after drivers called in a brush fire torching the side of the freeway embankment.
From the position and origin of the fire crews believed it was started by a passing vehicle, either a spark or the driver tossed out something flammable. The fire began down the embankment, and spread rapidly towards the road. It was next to the northbound lanes heading down into the park.
Officials now say the blaze was likely started by a still burning cigarette thrown from a passing vehicle. Authorities say if you're seen tossing flaming material from a car and a fire results, you can receive a ticket up to $1,025!