BENTON COUNTY, Wash. -- A controlled burn in Benton County got out of control Monday morning. A man who lives at 5104 Cabello Road started burning vegetation in his back yard when it spread into his neighbor's yard. Benton County District One responded and got a handle on the situation, but they wanted to let everyone know that right now, the county is under a high fire danger level.
Captain Jeff Ripley, with Benton County District #1 says, "it would have moved so much faster and crews would have that much more to suppress on arrival. It probably would have gone second alarm if it was this time in July."
Ripley says many people are not aware of the burn ban in effect for Benton County since last week. Agricultural burns and small campfires are allowed.
There are no controlled burn bans in effect for Franklin, Yakima or Walla Walla counties at the moment. Normally tumbleweeds are an exception, but right now you can't burn those in Benton County either. The fines for people caught breaking burn rules can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
For more information on burn bans in Benton County, call the Benton County Clear Air Agency, (509) 783-1304