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Firefighters preparing to take on more brush fires this summer

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Firefighters are preparing to take on more brush fires this summer.

Crews say the wet spring this year caused plants like cheat grass to grow higher. Now, everything is drying out, meaning they could easily catch on fire and spread quickly. Firefighters say it's especially dangerous in fields near hills, because the flames will move up the hill faster. That forces fire crews to call in more resources to put it out.

"They are fast moving fire, and if you're on a hillside you have to be concerned about that because with limited resources available, that it takes us just a little bit longer maybe to get there," says Yakima Fire Captain Brandon Dorenbush.

Firefighters say there's an even bigger risk around this time of year with people shooting off fireworks for the Fourth of July.

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