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Fire Season Could be a Long One

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Many people think that as summer ends, so does the fire season. But firefighters say because of the extremely hot and dry weather we've been having, it is not unreasonable to think the season could extend into November and December.

Firefighters say it is the dry conditions that make fires bigger and burn faster. They say fighting fires in colder weather is much easier.

Kennewick Fire's Brian Ellis says, "We get the same amount of resources on a fire and we can put it out a lot faster because we're not fighting high winds and high temperatures."

Firefighters say preparations for fire season begin in April and they knew this summer would be especially bad. They say have to make sure their equipment and supplies were in tip-top shape.