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Fire Crews Need More Rain and Cooler Temperatures

YAKIMA, Wash -  The rain the Yakima valley received Sunday night and Monday morning is good news for firefighters, if it sticks around for awhile.   Fire departments say the recent rain will not really impact brush fires.   Any moisture that fell dried fast because of the wind.   If there was a dry lightning strike there could easily be flames.   To prevent fire, crews say they need many more milder days like Monday.

"The long range forecast, the 8 to 14 day forecast says were going to be below temperatures and above on precipitation. So us firefighters like that," says Trevor Lanseigne of the East Valley Fire Department.

The Yakima Fire Department says the recent rain may actually be bad news for brush fires.  It waters fuel for fires, like cheet grass, helping it to grow.

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