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Central Washington Gets an Early Start to Wildfire Season

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MOXEE, Wash.--After battling a massive wildfire in Yakima County, firefighters said this could be the beginning of a very busy fire season.

Last Friday's brush fire, which started near Moxee grew to over 10,000 acres Even though firefighters said they're hoping to get it completely contained Sunday night and some crews are even packing up to leave, they're always prepared for the next big fire.

Captain Ron Fryer with the Southeast Washington Incident Management Team said a fire of this magnitude is unusual because it's still early in the year. However, Captain Fryer said our area's sage brush and cheat grass are conducive to catching and spreading fire at a rapid speed.

"It's a lot like igniting gasoline, it ignites really easy," said Captain Fryer. "So we just need to be really careful when you're out and about doing things. We've had fires start from shooting target practice out in the fields, we've had a lot of those."

Firefighters said people also need to be aware of burn restrictions in their counties. According to the Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency, there's currently no burn ban in effect.

The cause of Friday's brush fire is still unknown, but firefighters haven't ruled out that it was human caused.

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