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Volunteer Firefighter Tells His Account of Benton County Fire

BENTON COUNTY, Wash. -- Volunteer firefighters played a key role in getting Saturday's 3,000-acre Benton County fire under control.

Ralph Wescott was one of them. Wescott was aboard a Benton County fire truck as it headed south on I-82 towards the fire.

Their job was to widen the road or, to prevent the fire from crossing I-82, so they worked to cut off the fire's fuel by burning nearby brush.

Wescott says, "The folks there couldn't fill it in quick enough so we jumped in there to help. The smoke was blowing right in your face."

Wescott says they ended up finishing widening the road, right as the fire got to them. And with the fire surrounded by burnt brush, Wescott says it went out quickly.

Wescott says the Benton County Fire Department is in need of more volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, call 734-9100.

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