Crews fighting fire on Bateman Island

RICHLAND, Wash.-- Fire crews responded to a fire on Bateman Island just before 6 p.m. Sunday. Eight crews deployed to the island, comprised of both wild land and handheld crews.

Upon arrival, crews began escorting several people off the island before employing burn out tactics by burning dry fuel around the fire to prevent it from spreading further.

Richland Fire Department Chief Tom Huntington estimated the fire to have burned at least a couple of acres, and said it will likely burn through the night and into the morning.

Every core fire department responded to the fire, including Richland, Kennewick, Pasco, Walla Walla, Hanford, Benton County, and Franklin County. An estimated 30 firefighters were on the island conducting burn operations. 

There have been no injuries reported, though fire officials said wildlife is a concern. The cause of the fire is not known yet, but officials believe it was likely started from human error.


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