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Firefighters warn about controlled burns in dry season

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KENNEWICK, Wash. --   As spring approaches, more homeowners are cleaning up their yards and doing controlled burns. but firefighters say to be careful because it has been quite the dry season and  natural cover fire season has started.

Benton County Fire District #1 Captain Devin Helland says they've already been called out several times to controlled burns that got out of control.  He says, homeowners need to be prepared because its been so dry.

"If you live in the urban growth area, make sure you've got green space around your house, make sure the tumble weeds are cleaned up and gone, and you have some of your areas mowed where a wild land fire can't come and approach your house as easily as it could," says Helland

Helland recommends those who want to do a controlled burn call the clean air agency  to make sure it's a burn day and there's no high winds or air stagnation.   The Residential Burn Line is 509-783-6198 , and the Agricultural Burn Line is 509-783-6570.