CONNELL -- A number of brush fires burned for more than three hours Thursday along Highway 395 near Connell. The fires, possibly sparked by a passing train, were contained about 3 p.m., and no one was hurt.
Pasco Battallion Fire Chief Dave Hare was helping on one of five fires along the east side of the highway. Hare said his fire merged with another fire and was about 300 to 500 acres. Connell Police Chief Mike Kessler said no roads were closed and no homes evacuated. There was no total estimate on the size of the area burned.
It's not clear how many firefighters were involved but Hare's crew included 18 from Franklin Fire Districts 1 through 5, Pasco Fire Department and Walla Walla Fire District 5. Pasco sent one fire truck to help fight the fire.