TERRACE HEIGHTS, Wash. — Firefighters contained a brush fire in East Valley in just a few minutes Sunday morning, avoiding what could have been a nasty blaze given the high heat and light winds.
East Valley Fire Lt. Jordan Munson said crews had the fire under control in 10 to 15 minutes after it started shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday near the corner of Roza Hill Drive and Solar Lane. About 20 firefighters were on scene from East Valley, Union Gap and the Yakima Training Center.
A bulldozer and water truck from the landfill helped control the blaze, too, as the 10-acre fire spread slightly onto the landfill property.
Munson said crews would probably stay on scene another hour mopping up.
“The heat is going to play a big part of it. Luckily, we have light winds right now and the winds we have were in our favor, moving away from the houses,” he said. No houses were damaged, though one outbuilding appeared to have burned.
Munson said the fire was human-caused, but the exact source is still under investigation.
Heading into this week, firefighters are on high alert due to expected temperatures in the 90s and 100s all week.
“Obviously the high heat, low humidity, any possibility of winds coming in with storms” will create a risky situation, Munson said. “And fireworks — that’s going to be our No. 1 cause of fires.”
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