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Homes Threatened in Zillah Brush Fire

ZILLAH, Wash - A brush fire in Zillah burns 150 acres and threatens homes.  Residents were forced to protect their property with garden hoses.  Fire officials say when it's dry out it doesn't take that long for fire to spread.  The brush fire off Cheyne Road in Zillah burned in about 20 minutes Monday.

"If we would've ran out of water we couldn't have stopped it," says Todd Lenseigne of Yakima County Fire District Five.

He also explains the fire could've gone straight over nearby hills into East Valley burning thousand of acres.

"We got really lucky, we have very good fire fighters, they jumped right on it and got it knocked down to where we could control it," says Lenseigne.

The brush fire started when a resident in the area was burning debris.  It then got out of control and spread quickly. 

Fire District Five was able to fight off the fire with 10 trucks, 20 firefighters and two bulldozers.

"By the time the fire department got here it was pretty much out of control," explained Michael Schademan who saw the fire.  He had hoses out keeping it from his home.  With plans to do fire works in almost a week, Schademan is welcoming the fire.

"We actually tried to keep it as controlled as we could and let it burn as far as we could, hoping this 4th of July,we don't have to worry about anything burning behind the house," says Schademan.

Fire crews ask people to be very careful when burning debris or to just no do it at all during the dry season.

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