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Level Raised To Extreme Fire Danger in Benton County Tuesday

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BENTON COUNTY, Wash. - A fire warning from firefighters issed Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday Benton County Fire Officials issued an Extreme Fire Danger for anyone living in Benton County.

They raised the level from very high to extreme because of the low humidity and expected winds.

Firefighters throughout the area have been working extra hard these last few weeks.

The Extreme Fire Danger means no burning expect for emergency farming operations.  Benton County Firefighters said that farmers need to get special approval for any type of burning.

Benton County Fire District Four Training Chief Ed Dunbar said fires will start very easily and spread very rapidly.  He said, "Just don't start any fires at all even if you want to have that little BBQ pit fire in the back ...  even a spark , with the fuel as dry as it is and with the wind, it will take off before you realize."

There is a similar warning from Franklin County residents.

Firefighters from Franklin County District 3 said there is no burning allowed anywhere in Franklin County.