Montecito wildfire near Prosser
A 2,500-acre wildfire near Prosser is just about contained after threatening homes and crops Wednesday night.
Flames broke out at 7:30 p.m. south of Prosser's Painted Hills subdivision on the south side of Highway 22.
Steady wind pushed the fire fast across the hills, threatening homes, crops and infrastructure, officials said.
Firefighters from three Benton County agencies and one Yakima agency responded to the blaze.
Officials issued a notice asking people between Richards Road to the Lincoln Grade to be ready to flee.
The state fire marshal's office brought in three strike teams of fire engines around 2:24 a.m.
Fire officials said teams battled the fire throughout the night. They had the fire about 80 percent contained as of 5 a.m.
The evacuation notice was lifted Thursday morning, fire officials said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.