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Volunteers clean up West Richland

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash.--  Volunteers spent Friday morning cleaning up and making West Richland safer.  Firefighters, Chamber of Commerce employees, Red Mountain Lions Club, and other groups picked up trash and burned tumbleweeds in some of the city's empty lots.  It's part of their Earth Month celebration.

Volunteers say it will help West Richland on many different levels.  AJ Hill, Benton County Fire District 4 Commissioner, explains, "We have a potential for a really severe fire season coming up this year- the amount of snow pack is down and so forth.  So, one of the first things we're trying to do is improve our area for safety by trying to remove the tumbleweeds."

Darrell Toombs, President of the West Richland Chamber of Commerce, says, "It's in our best interest to try to build this area and bring in more businesses and curb appeal is really important if a potential developer comes in."

 Also as a part of West Richland's Earth Day celebrations, residents can drop off yard waste and trash for free Saturday, April 17th at Enterprise Middle School.