A large brush fire scorched grasslands and dry brush Saturday just below several Canyon Lakes homes and behind the Washington State Patrol office near Kennewick.
Flames burned more than 1,000 acres along the hillsides before the fire was contained about 12:30 p.m. The fire first started near Bofer Canyon Road about a mile south of the state patrol office, said Capt. Devin Helland of Benton Fire District 1.
Crews from several fire agencies throughout Benton and Franklin counties showed up to assist, Helland said. Kennewick police were also in the area about 10 a.m.
The flames mostly spread between Highway 395 and fields near the Canyon Lakes development, police said. Winds also pushed heavy amounts of smoke through the Tri-Cities.
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No homes or other buildings were threatened. It’s unknown what caused the fire. Crews were expected to continue mop up for several hours, Helland said.