Given our tinder dry conditions, triple-digit temps and red-flag fire danger, it's likely the effects of drugs might have been the motivation for this suspect's behavior.

Kennewick police say 27-year-old Jared Pruitt after he was found to have set fire to brush on railroad property along West Canal Drive in Kennewick Saturday afternoon.

The railroad tracks run through numerous residential areas, and are surrounded by large areas of dry sagebrush, cheatgrass and other dry flammables. Fortunately the fire was quickly put out, but police found meth and pipe on Pruitt.

He's facing multiple charges, including Reckless Burning and Trespassing (on railroad property).


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