Firefighters get Several Calls During Saturday Night's Storm.
WEST RICHLAND, Wash-- Wind, rain, and lightning were all part of the first summer storm in the Tri-Cities last night. When the storm hit Benton County emergency dispatchers started getting numerous calls reporting fires.
West Richland firefighters said people see dust and debris blowing in the wind and mistake it for smoke, but they say if you think there is a fire don't hesitate call 9-1-1 and explain where you are and what you think is burning.
"If you think there's a fire, go ahead and call, we will investigate it. It's better to be safe than sorry," said Jack Hagins, West Richland Fire Department.
Last year, lightning sparked the McBee fire near Benton City. Over 6,000 acres were destroyed. Winds from the east were blowing up to 50 miles an hour making the fire spread very fast.
Firefighters say they are trained to size-up a fire and determine what resources are needed. They mark fire hydrants with blue tape to make them easier to find during severe weather.