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Fireworks Possible Cause of Sunday Brush Fires

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The Benton County Sheriff's said they think the five fires could have been started by kids playing with fireworks, although they still are not sure The Benton County Sheriff's said they think the five fires could have been started by kids playing with fireworks, although they still are not sure

BENTON COUNTY, WA - The Benton County Sheriff's Office wants to remind you about summer fire dangers.

Firefighters from all over the area helped put out five brush fires on Sunday just south of Kennewick.

A deputy from the Benton County Sheriff's Office said they think the five fires could have been started by kids playing with fireworks, although they still are not sure.

The fires burned around 800 acres of brush in Benton County and spanned an area of about 7 miles, deputies said they believe the same person or people are responsible for starting the blaze. 

Law enforcement want to warn the public to be careful this week when it comes to fireworks. 

"One simple spark can start a major fire that takes a lot of resources to to fight if people are going to be using fireworks, we ask that they use them with extreme care always have water handle so that can put it our if a fire does start," said Deputy Scott Belcher, Benton County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies still do not know who started the fires, which caused part of Highway 397 to close for a few hours.  

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