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Firefighters return from Taylor Bridge fire

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- With most of the Taylor Bridge wildfire contained, local firefighters who helped battle that blaze are now back home.

13 firefighters from Benton County, Franklin County, Prosser and Richland all returned to the Mid-Columbia Tuesday night.

They were responsible for protecting several homes near the fire line. They say the high winds and the unfamiliar terrain proved to be a challenge.

"Some nights we had a lot of spotting, jumping across the lines starting spot fires and other nights when humidity came up and the winds calmed down, it went really well," explains Lieutenant Jim Jordan of the Richland Fire Department.

The firefighters spent 16 hours a day fighting the blaze. The local crews joined around 900 other fire fighters from around the northwest.