Firefighters prevent wildfire from spreading to Yakima apartment complex

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YAKIMA, Wash. — Immediate response and containment efforts from the Yakima Fire Department helped to prevent a wildfire from burning down a multi-million dollar apartment building on Tuesday afternoon.

According to a press memo from the Yakima Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched to a brush fire on the 1500-block of E Spruce St at 3:45 p.m. on July 12, 2022. Initial reports indicated that the flames threatened to spread to the multi-story complex.

Nine firefighters from the Yakima Fire Department rushed to the scene and attacked the fire, limiting it to 1,200 square feet of natural land. Still, between grass, brush, trees and encampments, the damages accumulated are estimated at $5,000.

FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Hot and sunny today, high temperatures in the 90s and breezy winds

YFD officials say one person suffered a foot injury that did not require medical attention or a trip to the hospital. None of the responding firefighters were hurt during the operation.

Through the dry, hot summer months, fire danger is extending across the region—particularly in areas with consumable vegetation which can easily be used as fuel for a wildfire.

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A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the eastern region of the Kittitas Valley, according to the National Weather Service. This means that fire danger is high across the area with temperatures expected to reach the high 90s throughout the next week.

“Gusty winds combined with low relative humidity will lead to critical fire danger, allowing for rapid spread of existing fires and any new fires,” NWS officials said in a warning.

Part of Yakima Valley is included in the warning, which lasts from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. PST on July 13.

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