Kennewick brush fire forces evacuations

KENNEWICK — A fast-moving brush fire south of Kennewick forced residents of about 10 homes to evacuate temporarily on Tuesday.

Benton County Emergency Services says fire crews successfully protected more than 50 homes as the fire raced across an area estimated between 800 and 1,000 acres — as large as 1 ½ square miles.

The Tri-City Herald reported that residents who left their homes were told they could return by Tuesday evening.

The Washington state Department of Transportation temporarily restricted I-82 traffic in the area but said later that all lanes were open.

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