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Yakima Greenway Fires Being Investigated

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 YAKIMA- Since January of 2017 there have been close to sixty fires along the Yakima Greenway, stretching across I-82 in Union Gap all the way into Selah, and onto Highway 12 right at the 16th avenue exit. City officials are working closely with law enforcement to look into various causes. " We're working in conjunction with our local law enforcement agencies and code enforcement in the city. They're actually out there trying to remove people that are camping out there to try and reduce some of that risk," says Yakima Fire Public information and Fire Prevention Officer Jeff Pfaff.

            Pfaff tells us there's various components that could cause these fires. Investigators looking into the people in the area living in the brush, flammable materials, and what's going on at the time of the fire. They also take into consideration if there's power, possible lightening strikes, or if a car driving by could have played a role.

            As for a possible solution, "We've got to get bigger people involved, so that we can try and come up with an action plan," says Pfaff. He says there's limited resources to try and stop some of these things. Based on the Washington State Mobilization Plan, costs can vary. A fire engine can be as low as $800 a day to over $3,500 per day for two continuous 12 hour shifts.

            They are asking for your help if you see anything suspicious, possibly sparks or if anything comes updo not hesitate and call 9-1-1 right away. The sooner you see something and call the faster fire will be able to get on the scene. If you do call, e as specific as possible with what you're seeing in the area and where the exact location is. Most importantly if you're driving and there's a lot of smoke along the highway, slow down and turn your hazard lights on.  

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