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Two Brush Fires in One Day for Yakima Firefighters

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YAKIMA, WA - The Yakima Fire Department responded to two brush fires Friday afternoon. 

The first was at approximately 3:00 p.m. on Friday at the 6100 block of Englewood Avenue. This fire was accidently started by the homeowner who was burning weeds from his property. The fire quickly caught several junipers on fire and spread to adjacent plum trees and the neighbor's fence. Firefighters were able to make a quick knock down of the fire once they reached it 200 feet up the driveway.

One man received second degree burns on both arms and neck trying to put out the fast moving fire. He was treated at the scene by firefighters then transported to the hospital by AMR ambulance. 

The damage from the fire was limited to the vegetation and fence. Seven Yakima Firefighters were on scene fighting the blaze.

The second brush fire was at about 5:20 p.m. on Friday at the 1900 block of Gordon Road between the Greenway and Berglund Lake. The fire was about 40x40 feet in the weeds and brush between the lake and the path. Seven firefighters were needed to extinguish this blaze due to the long distance from the road. Damage was limited to the brush. 

Two bicyclists were first on scene and reported the fire. They saw juveniles running from the scene, but were unable to identify them. Yakima Police is patrolling the area looking for suspicious activity.

The Yakima Fire Department encourages our citizens to be extremely careful with fire during this very hot and dry season. Remember, fires are restricted within the city limits and regulations and permits can be found through the Yakima Regional Clean Air Authority.