KENNEWICK, Wash-- While firefighters are monitoring the use of fireworks, there's another threat that could also spark a fire: the dry, hot weather.
We've seen little to no precipitation lately, leaving grass extra dry. It's not only unattractive, but factor in the heavy winds of the Columbia Basin and Yakima Valley, and it could spell trouble.
"We've got low relative humidity, dry fuels, and a lot of wind," says Kennewick firefighter Chris Feathers. "It creates a red flag warning that we're going to be into today, and high probability again the 4th of July weekend."
There are steps homeowners can take to lessen the threat. Plants close to your home--water and trim them. Also, don't let them get too high.
Trees about 100 feet from your home-- plant them 20 to 30 feet apart from each other.
Anything past that-- prune them, and pick up any fallen tree branches.