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Lightning Causing Fires in Tri-Cities Area

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Fires continue to spring up across our area and lightning is one of the major causes. Firefighters we talked to said say one lightning storm can cause a fire that burns thousands of acres of dry grass.

Firefighters believe Wednesday's fire off of Rattlesnake Mountain was started by lightning. It ended up burning about 3,000 acres. They say lightning can strike the ground as far as 10 miles from where the rain and the storm started. And firefighters say one storm can bring a big headache.

Kennewick Fire's Rusty Bachman says, "We've had starts all across the state, even across Oregon and even Idaho, all from one system moving through."

Firefighters say lightning like this has an even greater chance of catching land on fire when the area has recently been burned. They say the previous fire has burned all the trees and dense brush, allowing the fire to take off very easily. Unfortunately, firefighters say lightning is just one thing they have to deal with during the summer.