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Sunnyside, Washington – One Injured After Control Burn Picks Up And Destroys House

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Posted on June 19, 2019

Sunnyside, Washington  (June 19, 2019) – A man suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation after his attempts at a control burn turned awry. He was treated on the scene of the fire and was said to be doing okay.His house however, was a total loss after the incident.

The man was apparently attempting a control burn around 12 p.m. when the winds picked up. This caused the fire to spread rapidly in the area, affecting his home on the 2100 block of Penn Avenue. He then called 911 and tried to save his possessions. When fire crews arrived, they were concerned due to the fact that the fire had jumped a canal and was threatening more mobile homes and outposts in the area. Fortunately, the fire was contained within 20 minutes and successfully knocked down.

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. 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.