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Avoiding Brush Fires

WEST RICHLAND, Wash. - Some fires can be good to get rid of pesky weeds or grass clippings, but with temperatures expected to reach over one hundred degrees, fire fighters said it's not a smart idea.

It's been so hot this summer, all the brush and grass is practically bone dry. Once it catches fire flames can spread quickly.

Witnesses said that's how last weekend's field fire near WinCo spread so fast.

Fire fighters in Richland said conditions are so dangerous they discourage everyone from starting any fires including BBQs.

Now you can decide if you want to heed the warning. Either way fire fighters want you to take extreme caution.

"It doesn't take much with the embers and the heat and it takes them way up in the air. They come down hundreds of feet away from the fire and you may not even know its starting a second fire," said Carl Kostoff, Richland Fire Department.    

Fire fighters recommend keep a close eye on all embers. Don't dump any ashes out on the ground. And always keep water handy just in case your fire gets out of control.

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