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Firefighters Battling Fire in Prosser, Structures Threatened

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PROSSER, Wash. - A brush fire burned nearly 200 acres west of Prosser on Tuesday.

It took about 60 firefighters more than four hours to get the fire contained. The fire burned through some rough terrain along SR 22 that made it difficult for firefighters to get the upper hand.

Deputies evacuated several homes in nearby housing developments but no homes were damaged.

Fire crews responded from as far away as Walla Walla and Franklin Counties to help fight the flames.

"To be able to just call the central dispatch center, SECOMM, and request mutual aid and have the neighbors responding from the Tri-Cities and even the outside areas of Walla Walla and Franklin County at a moment's notice to come and help is tremendous," said Benton County Fire District #1 Dep. Chief Mike Harris.

SR 22 was closed for several hours between Market Street and Richards Road because of the fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown.


PROSSER, Wash. - Firefighters are continuing to battle a brush fire in Prosser that sparked around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Firefighters tell NBC Right Now there's about 60 firefighters battling the 200 acre blaze.

No homes have been destroyed yet, mostly due to proper green belt protection. Firefighters say neighborhoods around the fire have been evacuated. However, they say people may be able to return home Tuesday afternoon if all goes as planned.

The fire is currently 0 percent contained.


PROSSER, Wash. - Firefighters from several departments are on scene of a natural cover fire near Kelandren Drive and the Montecito Estates in north Prosser.

Dispatchers told firefighters the fire may be threatening homes in the area.

The state Department of Transportation says SR 22 from Market Street to Richards Road is closed due to the fire.

We have a reporter headed to the scene and will bring you more information as we soon as we know it.