UPDATE: McBee Grade fire contained after burning 100 acres

UPDATE at 6:02 p.m. on 7/15: KAPP-KVEW’s Ellie Nakamoto-White spoke to Benton County Fire District No. 2 PIO Jack Derderian, who confirmed that the fire near Benton City is now contained.

Derderian told KAPP-KVEW that the fire is still under investigation, but no one was injured and no structures were threatened by the fire, which reached just over 100 acres. The fire began around 2:30 p.m. on a steep grade off of McBee Road in Benton County.

He wants to remind the community that fire danger is high across the region due to current weather conditions. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the region. Had fire crews not responded as diligently as they did, this fire could have spread much further and threatened the livelihood of nearby people and businesses. No shooting is allowed in the canyon during current weather conditions.

UPDATE at 4:37 p.m. on 7/15: BENTON CITY, Wash. — Benton County Fire District No. 2 confirmed that the fire is nearly contained. Aerial units doused a ridgetop in the Horse Heaven Hills with water to contain the spread of these flames. Overall, authorities expect that the fire spanned 100 acres on Thursday evening.

BENTON CITY, Wash. — Fire crews from throughout Benton and Franklin Counties are converging on a fast-moving brush fire that has already closed McBee Road.

According to information provided by Benton County Fire Protection District No. 2, the fire has already spanned 50 acres in the Benton City area. Crews from Benton County Fire Districts 1, 4, 5, and 6, West Benton Fire, Richland Fire, Kennewick Fire, and Pasco Fire are all responding to the scene.

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Authorities say that aerial support is on its way to help combat the spread of this fire. Currently, there are no reported injuries as a result of this fire and no structures are currently threatened.

This is a breaking news story. An update and/or follow-up will be issued as further details are announced.


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