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Community Helps in Fighting Fire

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BENTON COUNTY, Wash. - A hot tractor is to blame for starting a 75 acre fire in Benton County Thursday night.

The fire started just after 8:00 p.m. off Clodfelter Road when a farmer was working in his field.

Within minutes large tractors were seen plowing the fields around the perimerter to stop the fire from spreading.  Fire trucks soon arrived to douse the flames.

Several members of the community arrived to help fight the fire before firefighters got on site. Including a few teenagers who grabbed some shovels and tried to stop the flames from going any further.

"The semi truck driver was out there shoveling so I thought I might as well grab a shovel and just start doing what he was doing," said Michael Madison of Kennewick.

"I know a couple of people who live up here and we were just talking with them and they were real thankful," said Dale Hyatt Junior also of Kennewick.

Although it was a good gesture, firefighters do not recommend fighting fires on your own. They say wildfires can be very unfriendly and unforgiving. If the wind changed directions, it could come back at you at speeds too fast to out run. They say leave it to the professionals armed with large trucks, fire hoses and plows.