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Another fire in West Richland likely linked to fireworks

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash. -- Yet another fire breaks out in West Richland Monday, which makes five fires in two days in the area.

This natural cover fire started around 5:30 PM  in the King Hill Estates  community, off of South 45th Avenue and King Drive.

Neighbors told police they saw people throwing fireworks out of a car into the open field.  About 20 firefighters worked to get it under control, but the burn did take out about two acres.
  
The interim fire chief, Capt. Ed Dunbar says all the fires they've been having are likely related to fire works. 

"All we ask is that you use some common sense and some caution. These fires are caused by people doing stupid things and ruining all the fun and the reason for the holiday for the rest of us," says Dunbar.

Currently, it is legal to set off fire works in Richland and West Richland, as well as most of Benton County.  Dunbar says, there has been serious discussion amongst city council members to do away with allowing fireworks.

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