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Yakima, Washington – 5-Acre Brush Fire Near Highway 12

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Posted on July 16, 2019

Yakima, Washington (July 13, 2019) – A brush fire broke out in the bottom of the hill at Cowiche Canyon Road and West Powerhouse Road on Sunday evening. The fire grew to affect five acres, but was contained by firefighters on the same day. No injuries were reported.

According to firefighters the blaze broke out around 6 p.m. Windy conditions made fighting the fire more complicated, and it took firefighters some time before the fire was knocked down. The cause has not yet been determined. The fire caused nearby road to be closed down, but have since been reopened.

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.