State mobilization requested as fire grows to 5,000 acres near Kennewick

UPDATE (8:10 p.m.) The fire has continued to move south near the area of Nine Canyon Road and Highway 397 away from Finley. Fire crews will work through the night until the fire is fully contained. 

KENNEWICK, Wash. - State mobilization has been requested for a fire that has burned over 5,000 acres south of Kennewick. 

The Bofer Canyon Fire has destroyed at least four buildings near Kennewick's Canyon Lakes neighborhood since it started around 2:45 p.m. At least four structures are destroyed.

The fire has jumped Olympia Street near Highway 397 and is moving eastward. Deputies are contacting homes in the area of Gamefarm Road and Oak Street, asking that they begin watering their property as a precaution, according to the Benton County Sheriff's Office. 

It is considered zero percent contained as of 8 p.m. 

All residents are urged to remain evacuated despite an announcement from Kennewick police that residents are allowed to return home, according to Chief Don Taylor of Benton County Fire District 1.

The fire started around 2:45 p.m. off Highway 395 and Locust Grove Road in south Kennewick.









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