Benton City Family Doesn't Evacuate As Fire Gets Close to Their Home
BENTON CITY, Wash. - Fire came close to a number of homes on Yakitati Place in Benton City as firefighters battle flames from the McBee fire burning more than 10,000 thousands of land near Benton City and Prosser.
The McLucki family did not want to leave their house and feared the worst. 6 year-old Madison her 5 year-old brother Paulie jumped on their trampoline has a helicopter flies back and forth dumping retardant on the near by flames.
Barbara McLucki and her husband Paul are from New York and have lived in the Tri-Cities for four years. They said they have never seen anything like the McBee Fire.
Her and her husband stayed at their home and had their children evacuate with their grandparents who live next door. The grandparents and children returned in the early evening after firefighters made progress.
The family has pet goats, dogs and all kinds of other animals and feared they would lose everything. They praised the work of firefighters and said they had fire trucks set up at all the different homes on Yakitati Place to make sure no structures burned.
Friday night fire crews were still battling massive flames. Firefighters said the fire is 50 percent contained. It started because of lightning from earlier this afternoon. It has burned more than 10,000 acres.