Wind fans fires in Mid-Columbia

By the Tri-City HeraldFebruary 17, 2014 

Strong winds fanned several fires Monday in the Mid-Columbia.

A diesel tanker truck caught fire about 2:45 p.m. south of Foster Wells Road, just north of Pasco, said Franklin Fire District 3 Chief Mike Harris.

The fire happened while the truck was fueling a farm tractor and a mechanical problem caused fuel to spray into the wind and catch fire.

The side of the tanker truck then ignited.

No one was hurt and no property was damaged other than the truck, Harris said. Officials let the fire burn down the remaining fuel in the 1,500 gallon tank.

"The smoke's not hurting anything; it's just blowing into open space," he said.

The Pasco Fire Department initially responded on the fire because Fire District 3 was fighting a grass fire at Road 44 and Pearl Street, Harris said.

Property owners were burning dry grass when the fire got away from them because of the wind, Harris said.

The fire burned about a quarter of an acre.

"On a windy day, even if it's a burn day, they need to use extreme caution," he said. "We're starting to see more fire activity in backyards and pastures."

A similar fire happened just after 3:30 p.m. in Badger Canyon, said Benton Fire District 1 Capt. Devin Helland. A homeowner on 825 PR just off Badger Road lost control of a fire.

"The wind just came and lifted some of the ashes up and caught some of his yard on fire," he said.

The fire also burned a quarter-acre and damaged about 10 large hedge plants, Helland said.

Another fire burned a little more than an acre on Jump Off Joe hill after a power line came down at 1:48 p.m., Helland said. He did not know what brought down the power line, which was near some wind turbines.

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