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Red Mountain brush fire started by homeowner

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash. -- Fire crews were kept busy around rush hour Monday evening thanks to brush fire on Red Mountain in West Richland.

Fire fighters for departments all over different parts of Benton and Franklin counties rushed to put out the 300 acre blaze that started around 4:30 p.m.

Firefighters tell us dry brush provided plenty of fuel for the fire and it was started by a homeowner, "the fire was an accidental start. One of the homeowners was welding some pipe and unfortunately it started to cause some grass on fire. They had buckets of water with them and so forth, but with the dry conditions were in right now in this extreme heat, unfortunately he wasn't able to catch it fast enough," explains Commissioner A. J. Hill of Benton County Fire District 4. 

The fire was put out in a hour and a half. Fortunately no one was injured and no property was destroyed.