Kennewick skys were filled with smoke Saturday morning into the afternoon, as firefighters from all regions battled along Bofer Canyon Rd. and Hwy 397. From the highways and bridges, residents viewed billowing clouds, hoping this was not a repeat of last month’s wildbrush blaze.
The fire has burned about 500 acres and is 75 percent contained; with no homes currently at risk. However, some utility poles and radio towers are threatened.
Firefighters presume the cause was a burn that got out of control, prompting two strike teams to be called in. A second fire on Hwy 397 and Olympia St. started at the same time, but Benton County Fire District #1 was quickly able to contain it.