Fires sparked by lightning south of Prosser

Fires sparked by lightning south of Prosser
Courtesy: West Benton Fire Rescue

Firefighters in Benton County had a busy night controlling multiple fires sparked by lightning.

According to West Benton Fire Rescue, two of the fires sparked south of Prosser – both which they say were sparked by lightning. Around 10:50 p.m. Saturday, one fire started near Ward Gap and Sellards roads. It burned around 300 acres of grass, sagebrush and wheat stubble.

Benton County Fire District #5 and West Benton put out that blaze.

Minutes later, multiple people called 911 about another fire ignited on the slope of Horse Heaven Hills. With the help of heavy rain, the fire was put out quickly.

However, firefighters still made their way up the hill and found a small portion still burning. They worked to make sure it was completely out and that no threat was posed to the city.

Yakima County Fire District #5 also assisted the Benton County firefighters.