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Quick moving fire spreads on Candy Mountain

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Courtesy: Taylor Landine Courtesy: Taylor Landine

RICHLAND, WA - We have new information on the Candy Mountain Fire that started just after midnight last night. One Richland neighborhood was even told to be prepared to evacuate.

'What do you bring with you when you think your house is going to burn?' That was the thought that rushed through Mary Eggebraten's mind last night after walking outside to see Candy Mountain up in flames.

"We were sleeping, and at 1:30 our son called us from Bend, Oregon because his friends took a picture of the fire and texted it to him," Eggebraten said.

The fire started as three, smaller, separate fires...all of which began around 12:15 in the morning.

"I went back out this morning and was able to find some debris from a car," said Captain Ed Dunbar with Benton County Fire District #4. "It looks like something came off of a car."

The car was on I-82, where the flames began. With the help of the wind, it then spread quickly over the top of Candy Mountain toward a row of houses, including Eggebraten's on Hershey Lane.

"The fire department came through and said to get ready to evacuate," Eggebraten said. "So we loaded everything up!"

And luckily, thanks to the work of Benton County Fire as well as some more forgiving winds, Eggebraten didn't end up needing to leave, and no structures were damaged.

"Fully contained this morning around 6:30 a.m...so it took right about six hours for us to contain this fire."

Captain Dunbar says the fire totaled roughly 250 acres, but for Eggebraten and her neighbors, the most important result....was their safety.

"The firefighters, they did a super job...you could watch them kind of creeping along and making sure they were protecting the houses."

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UPDATE:

WEST RICHLAND, WA - The fire has now destroyed between 200 and 250 acres. Firefighters have fully contained the blaze.

They tell us one firefighter suffered a minor smoke injury to his eye, but no one else got hurt and no buildings were damaged. 

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WEST RICHLAND, WA - Firefighters are trying to figure out what started a fire on Candy Mountain. The flames started just before 1:00 Friday morning and quickly spread. 

West Richland Police had to evacuate several people near the mountain until they could get it under control. Those have since been lifted and people are allowed to go back home now.

Firefighters are estimating about 150 acres have been burned. No word on what started it.

This is a developing story. 

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