Passing car sparks 10-acre brush fire along I-82/U.S. 395

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Fire crews from throughout the region converged near I-82/U.S. 395 between Kennewick and Umatilla to combat a brush fire consuming vegetation in the area.

The fire spread near the side of the highway south of Coffin Road near milepost 125. Firefighters from the Tri-Cities and the surrounding area, including first responders from the Kennewick Fire Department, responded to the scene.

KAPP-KVEW spoke with Capt. Ron Fryer of Benton County Fire District No. 1, who said at 4:30 p.m. that the fire was contained. The fire was slow-moving and authorities believe that it began on the highway and spread down to the nearby brush.

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A bulldozer was brought to cut a line as fire crews surrounded the perimeter of the fire. Thirty-five firefighters from throughout the area responded to the scene. They cycled through in shifts with firefighters cooling off in an air-conditioned rehab unit where they could regulate their temperature, drink water and eat snacks. The rehab unit is outfitted with water misters as well.

“Having firefighter rehab in this kind of heat is a big deal,” Capt. Fryer said.

Overall, approximately 10 acres of land were damaged in the brush fire.

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