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The Dangers of Very High Fire Conditions

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BENTON CO.- Wash.-  The summer temperatures are heating up our region and with our dry conditions, that combination can strike up a fiery disaster.

We still remain at very high fire danger.  With that threat, firefighters say it would only take a simple 130-degree spark to send a fire ablaze, like a lawnmower hitting a rock or mowing an open field can strike a fire.  Not to mention tossing cigarettes from car windows and not allowing barbecue coals to cool before properly disposing them.

Firefighters say a lot of fires are started from unsafe human practices.

Firefighter Devin Helland with the Benton County Fire District 1 said, "It just doesn't take much to start it.  When the fire danger is very high like this, when they do start, they're very hard for us to control. They move at such a rapid pace that it's hard for us to keep up with them."

With the fire danger currently very high, outdoor burning is prohibited.

Firefighters say if these dry conditions continue, the fire danger could rise to extreme.