KENNEWICK, Wash.—The 4th of July also brings in fire season, and firefighters say while you may be enjoying the displays Monday night, those sparks could give them a busy night. KNDU spoke with crews about preparing for possible fire calls.
Firefighters say Monday night they expect an increase in fire calls, but during the day, it's a typical day. Firefighters say they have to wait until the evening to know how big of a staff they'll have on call. If calls start pouring in, they'll quickly staff up their stations and have people on standby. One adjustment they will make is limiting their response team for each call.
"So, if we send five or six resources to every single call of a potential natural cover fire we could deplete the whole Tri-Cities area in three or four calls," says Devin Helland, Benton County Fire Department.
Helland says they'll send a small crew to assess then call more help as needed. He says to prevent fires have a water bucket nearby, only light fireworks in approved areas and don't light fireworks that shoot into the air or move on the ground.