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Afternoon Gleed fire destroys numerous bee hives

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GLEED, WA - The cause of a fire in Gleed is still under investigation, but it did burn through most of the bee hives that were in the area.

Around 1 p.m. on Monday, firefighters responded to a brush fire in Gleed just alongside Highway 12. Firefighters worked quickly to put out the fire because it was threatening several homes. It ended up burning close to 40 acres, but thankfully no structures were damaged.

With the current weather conditions raising Red Flag Warnings, firefighters urge the community to be careful with outdoor activities.

Schneider also says there were firefighters just up the road working on another small brush fire. In regards to the bees, it's unfortunate that the fire burned through some of the hives because bees are becoming extinct. Some types of bees have even become endangered species.

"With a Red Flag Warning, we want to minimize as much outdoor burning," said Tom Schneider, Shift Commander for the Yakima Fire Department. "In fact, don't do any outdoor burning at all, okay. Be very careful about outdoor barbeques and things like that. Make sure if you do a barbeque keep it on the green, keep it at least three feet away from anything that is combustible."