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Fireworks may have started Finley wildfire

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BENTON COUNTY, Wash. -- Benton County Sheriff's Deputies and fire crews say fireworks likely started a 1,300 acre blaze near Finley Wednesday.

Deputies say they found what was left of a firework at the start of the fire, but they were not able to confirm whether it was the cause.

The fire started in the area of South Finley and Kirk Road. Firefighters say conditions were perfect for a brush fire.

"The fires can get a lot hotter, a lot more intense, the flame lengths can be a lot bigger because the fuels a lot higher, a lot thicker. So the long spring has really hurt in regards to fire season because obviously all that stuff is getting dried out now," explained Captain Devin Helland with Benton County Fire District #1.

Crews say it appears the blaze was set intentionally. 1,300 acres of wheat and grassland were burned. Sheriffs Deputies estimates $100,000 of wheat was damaged. No injuries were reported and no buildings were damaged.