Yakima firefighters responded to 233 incidents including two-acre brush fire & flaming garage

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YAKIMA, Wash. — It was another busy week for crews at the City of Yakima Fire Department with 233 reported incidents in only a weeklong span, according to an alert by fire officials on Monday morning.

A social media post from the City of Yakima Fire Department highlighted two particularly noteworthy incidents that fire crews helped to dispel during the last week of April 2022.

On the evening of Friday, April 29, Yakima firefighters responded to the 1800-block of Gilbert Rd in Union Gap for reports of a dangerous brush fire rapidly spreading in a rural stretch of land. Fire officials say the brush fire spread to land along Ahtanum Creek, spanning out to approx. two acres of land.

LAST WEEK: Yakima Fire Crews had a busy weekend fighting structure fires

It was later confirmed that the brush fire was sparked when a homeowner lost command of their controlled burn. No injuries were reported as a result of this brush fire, but natural land was diminished despite coming under control by Yakima fire crews.

Local fire leaders ask that anyone planning to partake in an area where burning is allowed to have a large sum of water or a hose line available. Additionally, community members are advised against burning near dry or overgrown bushes.

The following day, Yakima firefighters responded to the 1200-block of S. 9th Ave for reports of a residential structure fire. Upon arrival, they found a detached garage being consumed by flames. Homeowners using an illegal burn barrel caused the fire, which cost them an estimated $5,000.

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