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500 Acres of Land Destroyed by Fire at Rattlesnake Mountain Shooting Range

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BENTON CITY, Wa.,--The cause of the fire is still under investigation. This was a big fire, one that commanded firefighters from three different departments.

The smoke could be seen for miles. Flames charred acre-after-acre on the Rattlesnake Mountain Shooting Range in Benton City.

Employees at the neighboring Rose Iris Range noticed smoke and flames around 1:00pm and immediately called 9-1-1. Hanford Battalion Chief, Don zimmerman, said the wind doesn't help these situations.

"It's quite hot today, humidities are about normal, but we do have some winds that are in effect in this area blowing to the north," said Zimmerman.

Over 45 firefighters were brought in to fight the blaze and it is now 95 percent contained. Range officials did speculate that a bullet hitting steel at a high speed could cause a fire, but that has not been confirmed.

Zimmerman added that a Single Engine Air Tanker(SEAT), which can hold up to 800 gallons of water, would have greatly helped firefighters get this fire under control.

This June, an air tanker is suppose to be stationed in richland.

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