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Firefighters Prepare For Red Flag Warning

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Firefighters for Benton County Fire District One say, they've called on all their available volunteers on Thursday.

Fire stations are also having conference calls throughout the day to find out who has the most available resources. In Oregon, the Umatilla National Forest says there's been 50 fires started already from lighting activity.

Most of these fires have been contained. In years past firefighters have staged at the fire station and also out on the field, and this year they're ready to do it again.

"We'll actually put them out on the field somewhere, maybe at an intersection, or a major roadway, or an interchange along the freeway, to the south or to the west of us, if we're expecting severe weather in those locations," said Captain Jeff Ripley, with Benton County Fire District One.

Ripley also says firefighters in the Tri-Cities have a single engine air tanker holding about 500 gallons of fire retardant. That one is in Richland, but they also have access to one in Pendleton.

A reminder that all burning is prohibited during this red flag warning.

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