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Overgrown Trails Delay Richland Firefighters Responding to Fire

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RICHLAND, Wash. - Firefighters in Richland had trouble getting to a natural cover fire Frida morning.

Firefighters say it took about 15 minutes to access a remote area that caught fire near Columbia Point Marina around 7:30 a.m. Crews had to use chainsaws to cut down trees and overgrown trails in order to get their trucks to the fire.

Five units from Richland and West Richland Fire Departments responded to the blaze which burned about a half acre of land.

"Once the crews made access to the fire, they did a fairly rapid knockdown," said Battalion Chief Brenda Rogers. "It wasn't very large in size due to the thick trees, it was more of a vertical fire than horizontal."

While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, firefighters say the area is a hot spot for runners, bikers, and homeless people.

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