The Peterson Fire in Franklin County Wildfire Burns 800 Acres
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash. - Firefighters said about 800 acres of land two miles off the Kahlotus Highway burned in Franklin County Wednesday afternoon.
Crews from all over the Tri-Cities responded to the Peterson Fire. Firefighters said that the fire started in a field of wheat stubble and quickly spread because of the wind and terrain.
Franklin County Fire District Three Respond Commander Tawna Maiden said there were a lot of slops throughout the land which caused the fire to spread. She said fire burns faster uphill. Maiden said, "As the fire is growing and moving uphill, it will preheat the fuels ahead of it which dries them out and makes them more susceptible to the fire."
Firefighters had the fire under control in about three hours. One home was threatened by flames but firefighters were able to stop the flames before they reached the house. The cause is still under investigation.