Outdoor burning is banned as the fire danger level remains high in Benton County.
On Thursday afternoon, rural fire crews battled two grassland fires in the region. The first was along Interstate 82, just north of the Oregon border. Smoke forced some traffic delays until crews could contain the blaze.
The second, smaller fire was in the Finley area near Meals and Ayers roads. It was contained by 6 p.m.
To keep more fires from igniting, outdoor burning is forbidden except legal recreational fires in metal fire rings, according to Benton Fire District 1. No residential burning is permitted. And a special permit is needed for farming operations.
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A “high” level indicates wildfires are likely and that fires become difficult to control in windy conditions.
The high-level warning will remain in effect until further updates on June 28.
For more information, call the Benton Clean Air Agency at 509-783-1304.