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Richland, Washington – Brush Fire Shuts Down Highways

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Posted on July 21, 2019

Richland, Washington (July 19, 2019) – A brush fire which broke out near State Routes 240 and 24 have closed the highways on Friday. According to the alert sent out by the Washington State Department of Transportation, the fire happened near milepost 37 of State Route 24. No injuries have been reported so far.

The fire caused the closure of State Route 24 at milepost 30 a the junction with State Route 241 to the Vernita Bridge area at the junction with State Route 243. State Route 240 is also closed at milepost 20. Response crews from the Washington State Patrol, Richland Fire and the Washington State Department of Transportation are working to reopen the highway. The cause of the brush fire has not been stated.

About Fire

Washington counts as the 5th state most prone to wildfire from 2017 wildfire risk analysis, and ranks 8th in a 2018 study by number of fires that happened. The US Fire Administration has recorded 15 home fire fatalities this year within Washington, showing the destruction fire is capable of doing. Even within city areas, one must be wary of fires that can happen near residential areas.

If your home is near an area with risk of brush fire, there are few safety reminders to keep in mind. Homeowners are urged to complete their spring cleaning, and to create a defensible space around the home by clearing trees and brush. Additionally, the limbs of trees should be cut to at least 15 feet off the ground. Any object that send out fires should be handled with absolute care. Common objects such as lit matches and cigarette butts can also easily cause a fire within dry brush. Should fire be used in an outdoor space, one must assess the surroundings to make sure fire would not have a possibility to spread out. While the fire is burning, it is imperative that it must be attended to and ensure that the blaze does not go out of control. Finally, before leaving an area where fire was used, one must ensure that any fires must be extinguished completely. Preventing brush fires from happening is everyone’s responsibility, and careful use of fire can ensure the safety of not only one’s self, but hundreds of others.