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Warden, Washington – Brush Fire at Road R Southeast and Road 11 Southeast

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Posted on March 5, 2020

Warden, Washington (March 3, 2020) – A brush fire was reported to have broken out in the area of Road R Southeast on Tuesday. According to information from the Chief Deputy of Emergency Management, Darrik Gregg, the incident involved a wild land fire on Road R Southeast between Road 11 Southeast and Road 12. No injuries have been reported from the scene. Fire Districts 4 and 5 were reported to be handling the incident, and motorists were advised to avoid the area as fire apparatus were crowding the roads. The fire was last reported to be under control, and no structures were reported to have been threatened. Update: According to an article from 560 KPQ News Radio published on March 3, 2020, the fire started out as a controlled burn , with irrigation ditch officials burning ditch banks when winds caused the fire to get out of control.

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 dangers of fire cannot be underestimated – the US Fire Administration reported that 41 home fire fatalities were reported in 2018 within Washington. 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.