FINLEY, Wash.-- A wildfire burns 60 acres in Finley. The fire started off a private road near the intersection of Finley Road and Riek Road, near State Route 397, around 3:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
The blaze threatened multiple homes, but crews were able to save them. The fire was contained by 5:00 p.m. but crews stayed on the scene overnight to make sure nothing flared up again.
Firefighters say steep terrain, tall trees, and the weather made it hard to get the fire under control. Division Chief Mike Harris, of the Benton County Fire District #1, explains, "With the wind and the hot dry temperatures, the fuel's been drying all summer long. It jumped across County Road 397 and into the Russian Olives." Harris says Russian Olive trees are difficult to maneuver around and serve as quick fuel for fires.