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Firefighters Cautioning Property Owners About Controlled Burns

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ZILLAH, Wash.-- A grass fire outside Zillah burned more than six acres of wildland area Wednesday before firefighters got it under control.

It started near 1800 North Bonair Road just after noon on Wednesday.

Firefighters believe a nearby property owner accidentally started it.

They say the landowner started a controlled burn in the area on Monday and put it out.

However, firefighters think some embers were still smoldering when the wind picked up on Wednesday and fanned them.

"If you're gonna burn, make sure your fires out. And the best way to do that is lots of water and actually getting down on the ground and move your hand around in the stuff and make sure it's cold," said Yakima County Fire District 5 Captain Dave Martin.

When Martin took us to the site of the fire today, we actually found an area that had started to smoke again.

He says firefighters make return visits to fire scenes for several days after a fire to make sure nothing is smoldering.