KENNEWICK,Wash. -- Residents living near Canal Drive woke up to a smokey situation around 10:00am Monday morning. Three acres of brush along the train tracks between Canal Drive and Payette Avenue burned within an hour.
Crews from Richland, Kennewick and Benton County assisted putting it out. Battalion Chief Mikal Barnett says its very dry and windy and they are keeping busy. The area is especially busy, being so close to the tracks. "It's fairly common, we go on about 7-8 runs there per year," says Barnett. He says causes do vary from fireworks, to human caused, to trains.
One woman who lives in the area keeps breathing masks on hand because the fires happen often.
Barnett says the cause of this blaze is under investigation, but at this point it appears a train passing though may be to blame. He says investigators are checking out the engine.