Benton County Fire District 4 urges community preparedness ahead of wildfire season

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Eddie Moore

The Calf Canyon Fire burning near Mineral Hill in the Gallinas Canyon, Friday, April 29, 2022. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

WEST RICHLAND, Wash. – Benton County Fire District 4 is asking the public to stay prepared for wildfires, especially in light of recent weather.

The district warned of how recent rains have led to lush vegetation in the spring, and once those plants dry out, they could become a dangerous fuel source for wildfires.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, up to 45 percent of Washington state is wildland-urban interface areas where developed land joins grasslands that are prone to wildland fires.

“Late rains this season could leave residents off guard when it comes to ensuring their homes and property are prepped for fire safety,” said Fire Chief Paul Carlyle. “Dry months are here, and that puts lives and property at risk.”

A little work now can reduce the risk of damage to your property by wildland fires. Simple tips include keeping lawns mowed and watered, pruning or removing combustible trees and shrubs, regularly cleaning gutters and roofs, and moving potential hazards like wood piles at least 30 feet away from your home. For more tips, visit

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