Thunderstorms are in the forecast for Saturday night in the Tri-City area to the dismay of firefighters who battled a fire that burned across about six square miles in Finley Friday night and Saturday.
A red fire warning is issued by the National Weather Service through Sunday night in the Tri-Cities.
A 40 percent chance of a storm is forecast Saturday night in the Tri-Cities with possible gusty winds and small hail.
However, the storm could also bring heavy rain to help firefighters.
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Lightning likely was the cause of a fire that started south of of Meals and Ayres roads in Finley between 9 and 10 p.m. Friday, said Capt. Jeff Ripley of Benton County Fire District 1.
It did not burn crops or structures, but did damage at least one well and fencing, Ripley said.
Firefighters, including from agencies in Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla counties, contained the fire about noon Saturday.
Work continued throughout the day to make sure the fire was out.