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Fire Danger: Very High in Benton County

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BENTON CO. Wash.-  Benton County fire officials say the area's fire danger is now at "Very High."

Dry conditions and this week's lightening strikes didn't help firefighters as they worked around the clock to put out larger brush fires.

Firefighters say the cool temperatures we're experiencing is giving them somewhat of a chance to re-group.  However, they say we have not even hit peak fire season.  Just in the last week, Benton County Fire District 1 responded to four major fires.

Firefighters are hoping the last week will not be an indicator for what is coming for the summer's peak fire season in July.

Benton County Fire District 1 Firefighter, Devin Helland said, "The conditions we have right now are usually the conditions we see the middle to end of July. So, we're already a month ahead of schedule and we're playing catch-up. Usually we're not used to this big of fire this soon. "

Helland also says that if this pattern continues, the fire danger will be raised to extreme.

For now, the fire danger is "Very High," which means all outdoor burning is not allowed.

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