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Firefighters are removing hazardous trees after Duportail fire

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RICHLAND, Wash.--Firefighters are removing hazardous trees after Duportail fire. The brush fire that burned off Duportail Street in Richland over the weekend is still under investigation.

Richland Firefighters say the fire is set deep in the ground because of landscaping bark that has been dumped in the area for several years.

They are under a red flag warning because temperatures are high and the humidity is very low. They will be monitoring the burned area closely to make sure there is no more possible burning underground. Firefighters are also working with the Department of Wildlife to get rid of any additional hazards.

Battalion Chief Ted Ricci says "the Department of Wildlife came in and helped us, number one as a training mission for some of their people but number two, to bring in some professional fallers. Meaning people who would come in and look at the trees and cut them down because they were a hazard after the fire."

The trees helped the fire spread from one side of the Yakima River to the other. Firefighters say some of the roots of the larger, older trees could still be burning.