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Large Brush Fire Burning in Finley Area

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Courtesy: Maigan Hanberg Courtesy: Maigan Hanberg

UPDATE/FINLEY, Wash. - A Benton County Emergency Services spokesman says the large brush fire in Finley is about 85% to 90% contained Monday night.

The fire is still about 500 acres big, and firefighters are expected to be tending to the fire through the night.

The BCES spokesman says Meals Road and the railroad tracks are re-opened Monday night.



FINLEY, Wash. - Over 100 firefighters are working to put out a large brush fire in Finley on Monday.

Benton County Fire District 1 says the fire started around 11 a.m. on Straight Bank Road and moved west as the wind picked up. It is now burning near Meals and Toothaker Rd.

Structural protection firefighter teams are stationed at nearby homes to protect them in case the fire moves closer.

"First we saw smoke. Then we started seeing flames and that's what got us concerned is that we were seeing big huge flames. It started moving progressively faster towards our area," said Elizabeth Andersen, who lives near the fire scene.

The brush fire has burned about 500 acres and is threatening structures. However, no structures or homes have been damaged at this time.

A spokesman for Benton County Emergency Services says the brush fire is about 30% to 40% contained as of 5:15 Monday evening.