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Summer Fire
Summer, 2018 a fast-moving wildfire breaks out in the Southridge area of Kennewick, destroying homes and upending lives.
Summer is wildfire season in the Pacific Northwest.  Every year, wildfires hit our region.  Although many fires are caused by lightning, people cause many of them.  This summer as you are out and enjoying our great outdoors, please be careful.
Now, here is some other information to help keep you and your family safe.

Wildfires can ruin homes and cause injuries or death to people and animals. A wildfire is an unplanned fire that burns in a natural area such as a forest, grassland, or prairie. Wildfires can:

  • Often be caused by humans or lightning.
  • Cause flooding or disrupt transportation, gas, power, and communications.
  • Happen anywhere, anytime. Risk increases with in periods of little rain and high winds.
  • Cost the Federal Government billions of dollars each year.

IF YOU ARE UNDER A WILDFIRE WARNING, GET TO SAFETY RIGHT AWAY

  • Leave if told to do so.
  • If trapped, call 9-1-1.
  • Listen for emergency information and alerts.
  • Use N95 masks to keep particles out of the air you breathe.

Firefighters battle exhaustion along with wildfire flames

Firefighters trying to contain the massive wildfires in Oregon, California and Washington state say they are constantly on the verge of exhaustion. They work 50 hours at a stretch and sleep on gymnasium floors. Exploding trees shower them with embers. They lose track of time when the sun is blotted out by smoke. And they sometimes have to run for their lives from advancing flames. Many fire teams are trying to protect the same communities where they live. Each home or barn lost is a mental blow for firefighters trained to protect lives and property.