KENNEWICK, WA - The fire danger in Benton County has reached extreme levels. In fact, it is the highest fire danger in the state right now.
It's a fairly technical process to pinpoint what the fire danger is. Benton County Fire District One Lieutenant Aaron Bibe makes that distinction. He said he looks at data from weather stations all over the county, averages that data out, physically looks at the dry landscape and looks back on when and where fires have sparked in the past. With all of that information he decides where the county stands.
Extreme fire danger is nothing new in Benton County but the fact that it is here in early July is the real concern.
"As far as data is concerned, this is a little bit atypical. We're about three, four weeks ahead of schedule and that's the atypical part. I mean, we get like this in late July and August, we're just early," said Lieutenant Bibe.
Bibe also said that during extreme fire danger periods Benton County Fire District One will send more crews out to initial calls. That way if more resources are needed they are already there.