KENNEWICK — Five apartment buildings on West Canal Drive between Buchanan and Cleveland streets in Kennewick were threatened when a wildfire broke out nearby, officials said.
About 3 acres of grass burned before fire crews from Kennewick, Richland and Pasco fire departments and Benton Fire District 1 and Franklin Fire District 3 were able to contain the flames.
"We did have good help from neighbors who got out early with hoses, and they helped evacuate people too," said Kennewick Fire Battalion Chief Mikal Barnett.
The fire started at 1:45 p.m. and was called in by a resident who went outside and smelled smoke.
Traffic temporarily was diverted off Canal Drive because of smoke and a fire rig.
Smoke also wafted over Highway 240, but didn't appear to affect motorists.
Crews extinguish 5,000-acre brush fire
FINLEY — Firefighters put out a 5,000-acre brush fire burning between Finley and Meals roads Wednesday.
Nearly 100 firefighters from Kennewick, Richland, Hanford, Walla Walla and Benton County units were called in starting about 4:30 p.m., said Capt. Devin Helland of Benton Fire District 1.
They used bulldozers, air support, several water tenders and 25 fire engines to fight the fire spreading through rugged canyons.
No buildings were threatened and nobody was injured in the fire, Helland said.
The fire was contained and "pretty much out" about 8:30 p.m., he said. Crews planned to patrol the area all night to make sure the fire didn't flare back up.
Authorities identify Pasco shooting suspect
PASCO — A 27-year-old man wanted for assault in connection with a shooting in east Pasco has been identified as Juan Manuel Perez-Saucedo, police said.
Perez-Saucedo is suspected of shooting a 20-year-old Pasco man in the leg during an argument in the victim's driveway at 432 N. Elm Ave. on Monday, said Pasco police Capt. Jim Raymond.
Officers have been searching for Perez-Saucedo, who they previously knew only as Morro, and his girlfriend, Jessica V. Chavez, 20, of Pasco.
Perez-Saucedo was last known to be living in the Eltopia area in north Franklin County. He is 5-foot-5, 185 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo of a rosary on his left hand and the name "Jessica" tattooed on his right forearm.
Chavez is 5-foot-1, 115 pounds with red-tinted hair.
Perez-Saucedo and the victim reportedly were arguing over personal property when Perez-Saucedo pulled out a handgun and shot the victim. The victim's injury was not life-threatening, police said.
After the shooting, Perez-Saucedo drove off with Chavez in the passenger seat. The couple are believed to be traveling in an older, black Mitsubishi Galant.
They are wanted on felony assault charges.
4 Othello men injured in Highway 395 rollover
PASCO — Four Othello men were hurt Tuesday in a rollover crashoff Highway 395 north of Pasco.
The driver is suspected of being intoxicated at the time of the 6:53 p.m. crash, the Washington State Patrol said.
Jaime Juarez Rosas, 31, was driving a 1995 Volkswagen Jetta north on Highway 395 when he went off the highway near Elm Road, about 10 miles north of Pasco, troopers said.
Juarez Rosas overcorrected, then went off the road to the right and rolled onto an embankment, troopers said.
Juarez Rosas and passengers Luis Gonzalez Nava, 24, and Rogelio Barajas Herrera, 22, were taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland.
A fourth occupant, Rolando Pablo Lorenzo, 22, was treated at Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco.
Pablo Lorenzo and Barajas Herrera were not wearing seat belts, troopers said.