What the hay? Franklin County sees uptick in haystack fires

Franklin County sees uptick in burning haystacks this week
Image credit: Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Facebook

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash. — For the second time less than a week, a burning pile of hay is being investigated by Franklin County authorities.

The first fire was announced by the Franklin County Fire District No. 3 on a Facebook post on June 6. Authorities say a stack of hay would burn and produce smoke for the coming days on N Road 36. This fire burned just north of Tri-Cities Airport (PSC) in Pasco and was visible in the surrounding area.

Authorities say that the fire was also visible near N 4th Ave, which turns into N Glade Rd as you head north from Pasco.

Franklin County sees uptick in burning haystacks this week

Image credit: Franklin County Fire District 3, Facebook

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The second and most recent fire began near Ringold Rd and Coulee Rd in Franklin County. A large stack of hay sent plumes of smoke into the air as it was consumed by large flames. This was announced in a Facebook post by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. The post warned that locals must be cautious while passing through the area as thick smoke may cause visibility issued for drivers.

KAPP-KVEW has reached out to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office for a statement regarding the influx of hay fires. As we approach the Summer, warm and dry conditions will influence the likelihood of vegetation fires in the area.

Just last week, a Red Flag Warning was issued by the National Weather Service for a high likelihood of wildfires due to weather conditions in the region. However, that heatwave has since subsided in favor of cooler conditions and more cloudy weather.

For more information on these fires, tune in to KAPP-KVEW Local News at 5, 6, and 6:30 p.m. on Friday night.

This is a developing story that will be updated with more information once it becomes available to us.

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