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Saw sparks brush fire

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FINLEY, Wash. -- High and dry brush is to blame for a small blaze at a Finley farm earlier today.

About 11:00, a man was cutting a metal bolt and sparks from a chop saw ignited a field of high brush.  Fire investigators tell us windy conditions along with the dry grass made the fire possible.

"We have the right conditions for a large fire with the amount of fuel, the windy days we have in the Tri-Cities, just the ignition source is that component," explains Deputy Fire Chief Mike Harris, of Benton County Fire District 1.

No one was injured, but a half acre of land and some old cars, scrap metal, and a wood shed were destroyed.

Firefighters warn there's a high fire danger and while cutting metal or any kind of activity that would trigger sparks is still allowed, people should avoid being near high brush.

They add a wet spring created heavy growth, and that's now a big fuel source for brush fires.